CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 4.41g, 21.8mm
MINTED: Cyzicus mint, circa mid AD 270 – September 270
REF: RIC 1st 252 var.; New RIC Online temp #979 (8 spec.)
OBVERSE: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate head right.
REVERSE: VICTORIAE GOTHIC, two bound captives seated on either side of a trophy.
Almost Very Fine.
Celebrating Claudius's famous victory over the invading Goths.
Ex George Spradling Collection
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 . "VICTORIAE GOTHIC"
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