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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,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.||antoninianus|
A scarce and popular historical type - the reverse commemorates Claudius' great victory over the Goths at Naissus in Upper Moesia.
BB67670. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T987 (2 spec.), Normanby 1107 (1 spec.), RIC V-1 252 var. (draped and SPQR in ex), SRCV III 11381 var. (SPQR in ex), Cunetio -, EF, weight 3.470 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 315o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, issue 4, c. mid 270 - Sep 270; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate head right, two pellets below; reverse VICTORIAE GOTHIC (victory over the Goths), two captives seated at the base of a trophy of captured arms; extremely rare; SOLD


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

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
In Greek mythology, Selene is the goddess of the moon. She is the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister of the sun-god Helios, and Eos, goddess of the dawn. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Several lovers are attributed to her in various myths, including Zeus, Pan, and the mortal Endymion. In classical times, Selene was often identified with Artemis, much as her brother, Helios, was identified with Apollo. Selene and Artemis were also associated with Hecate, and all three were regarded as lunar goddesses, but only Selene was regarded as the personification of the moon itself. Her Roman equivalent is Luna.
SH26537. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 5408, Geissen 3025, BMC Alexandria 2309, SNG Cop 834, Curtis 1721, gVF, weight 6.388 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 268 - 269 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse head of Selene right, wearing tainia and chiton fastened on left shoulder with a fibula, A/L (year one) behind, large crescent right with horns left; rare; SOLD


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

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
 
SH26544. Billon tetradrachm, BMC Alexandria 2326, gVF, weight 8.653 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 269 - 270 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Horus standing facing, looking right, wearing Hemhem crown, himation and conthurni (boots), holding vase and branch(?), Paniskos standing at feet, date L-B (year 2); rare; SOLD







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DIVOCLAVDIOOPTIMOIMP
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