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Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

Claudius II Gothicus was born in Illyricum around 215 A.D. Under Valerian and Gallienus he was recognized as a superb general. After the murder of Gallienus, Claudius Gothicus was proclaimed emperor and preceded to crush the Alemanni tribe who had invaded Roman territory. Soon after an enormous horde of Goths poured into the empire. Against all advice, Claudius confronted the barbarians at Naissus in Upper Moesia. He fought a brilliant battle and annihilated them. Unfortunately for the empire, he died of plague after a reign of only two years.

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |268-270| |AD|, |antoninianus|
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA91014. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T60, RIC V-1 157, Normanby 1031, Venèra 9303 - 9364, Cunetio 2263, Hunter IV 58, SRCV III 3215, Cohen VI 202, EF, dark brown patina, traces of silvering, well centered, parts of legends weak, edge splits/cracks, weight 3.128 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 2nd issue, mid 269 – spring 270; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse PAX AVG, Pax walking left, raising olive branch in right hand, long scepter transverse in right hand, T in exergue; ex Eric J. Engstrom Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00
 


|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. On coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.
RA93331. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 168, Cohen VI 284, SRCV III 11374 var. (1st officina), MER-RIC T26 var. (same), Venèra 9073 var. (same), Hunter IV 62 var. (same), EF, excellent portrait and reverse style, centered on a tight flan, brown town with traces of silvering, small edge crack, weight 4.100 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 1, c. September 268 - mid 269; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes standing left, flower in right, raising fold of drapery with left, S in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00
 


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt|, |tetradrachm|
Anubis, represented as a jackal or as a man with the head of a jackal, was the Egyptian god of the dead. He presided over the embalming of the dead and conducted souls into the underworld. The Greeks and Romans often scorned Egypt's animal-headed gods as bizarre and primitive (they mockingly called Anubis the Barker) but they also identified Anubis with Hermes, morphing them into Hermanubis.
RX91484. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 5392; Geissen 3038; BMC Alexandria p. 303, 2327; Milne 4240; Curtis 1701; SNG Cop 847; Kampmann-Ganschow 104.25; Emmett 3883, F, tight flan, a little rough, weight 8.700 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 269 - 28 Aug 270 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse bust of Hermanubis right, wearing modius with lotus-petal in front, himation over shoulder, date LB (year 2) in left field, winged caduceus over palm in right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


Roman Empire, Two Roman Imitative Barbarous Radiates, c. 270 A.D.

|Unofficial| |&| |Barbaric|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Two| |Roman| |Imitative| |Barbarous| |Radiates,| |c.| |270| |A.D.|,
During the Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284 A.D.) the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. In the western provinces, official mints did not meet the needs for low-value coinage and unofficial private mints struck imitations of Roman coins (usually antoniniani). These unofficial imitations, called barbarous radiates today, were not counterfeits. They were smaller than standard issues, were not intended to deceive, and probably only functioned as small change.
RA91692. Two barbarous radiates, 1) imitative of a Quintillus antoninianus (r. 270 A.D., 2.132g, 20.3mm) and 2) imitative of a Claudius Gothicus antoninianus (r. 268 - 270 A.D., 1.733g, 16.5mm); from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
This commemorative type was issued by Quintillus or Aurelian.
RL88873. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1278, RIC V-1 266, Venèra 10678 - 10884, Cunetio 2314, Normanby 1115, Hunter IV CD1, Cohen VI 46, SRCV III 11460, VF/F, brown tone, ragged edge, weight 2.250 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issue 1, c. end 270 - 271; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing left, head right, wings open; $34.00 SALE |PRICE| $30.60
 


|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
In 268, Gallienus was murdered by his senior officers while besieging the would-be usurper Aureolus in Mediolanum (Milan). The Senate charged Marcus Aurelius Claudius with Gallienus' murder but it was never proven. The accused became the new emperor, Claudius II.
RB93330. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 100, SRCV III 11371, Cohen VI 268, Hunter IV 47 var. (caduceus), VF, encrustations, areas of corrosion, edge cracks, weight 2.905 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 268 - 270 A.D.; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate bust right; reverse SECVRIT AVG (security of the Emperor), Securitas standing facing, head left, scepter in right, leaning with left elbow on column, XI right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $27.00 SALE |PRICE| $24.00
 


|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.

Under Claudius II, the Rome and Siscia mints often struck the same types. One way to distinguish the issuing mint for a coin is the portrait style. Portraits of Claudius II from Siscia often have a downward pointing nose, such as on this coin.
RL88541. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T884 (24 spec.), RIC V-1 235, SRCV III 11347, Cohen Vi 142, Komin 1120, Çanakkale 2361, Hunter IV - (p. lxxxiii), F, well centered, porous, a little rough, light deposits, closed flan crack, weight 3.533 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 180o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, issue 2, c. mid 269; obverse IMP C M AVR CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG N (the joy of our Emperor), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, left hand resting on grounded anchor, M - C flanking high across field, exergue blank; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80 ON RESERVE







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