CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.2g, 20mm
MINTED: Milan mint, AD 268-270
REF: RIC 171
OBVERSE: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind.
REVERSE: VICTORIA AVG, Victory running right, wreath extended in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; S in exergue.
Fine. Very rough surfaces but a fairly nice colour.
Of low birth, Claudius II rose through the ranks of the army and served as Commander of the Elite Cavalry under Emperor Gallienus. His own brief reign was notable for the success he had in restoring some prestige to the reputation of Empire's legions. At the Battle of Naissus, he crushed a huge army of invading Goths, earning himself the title Gothicus (Conqueror of the Goths). He succumbed to the plague while preparing to go to war against the Vandals.
CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS . AD 268-270 . Antoninianus . "VICTORIA AVG" . Milan
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