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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 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|
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.
RX93094. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3015; Dattari 5414; Curtis 1670; Milne 4202; BMC Alexandria p. 303, 2331; Kampmann 104.1; Emmett 3878/1 (R1), gVF, nice portrait, attractive eagle, flow lines, light deposits, tight flan, weight 9.951 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, Sep 268 - 28 Aug 269 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse eagle standing right, looking back, holding wreath in beak, date A/L (year 1) right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 (€82.80)
 


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|
Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.
RX93397. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3043; Dattari 5401; Curtis 1712; Milne 4228; SNG Cop 843; BMC Alexandria p. 301, 2321; Kampmann 104.29; Emmett 3889/2 (R2), VF, dark brown tone, nice portrait, tight flan, weight 8.863 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 269 - 28 Aug 270 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse Nike advancing right, wreath in right hand, palm frond tied with fillet over left shoulder in left hand, L - B (year 2) flanking across fields; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $75.00 (€69.00)
 


|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







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