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Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Commemorative Issued by Constantine the Great
The reverse legend translates, "The rest and retirement of the best and most meritorious [emperors]," referring to the dead and deified emperors Claudius II Gothicus, Maximian and Constantius I. Constantine struck commemoratives with this reverse for each of those emperors, with whom he had familial connections.
RL88064. Billon half follis, RIC VII Thessalonica p. 503, 26 (2nd officina not listed); Cohen VI 245; SRCV IV 16399; Hunter V -, VF, well centered, slightly rough dark green patina, 2nd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, weight 1.518g, maximum diameter 17.6mm, die axis 180o
, 317 - 318 A.D.; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO OPTIMO IMP, laureate and veiled head right; reverse REQVIES OPTIMORVM MERITORVM (retirement most deserved), emperor seated left on curule chair, raising right hand, short scepter downward in left, TSB in exergue; very rare
Catalog current as of Monday, June 24, 2019.
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