CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.1g, 19mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 268-270
REF: RIC 49
OBVERSE: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head right.
REVERSE: GENIVS EXERCI, Genius standing left, modius on head, holding patera and cornucopiae, Z in right field.
Almost Very Fine. Nice green-brown patina with an excellent portrait. Compact flan.
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 . "Genius standing"
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