Claudius II

268 - 270 A.D.

Claudius was apparently one of the principal conspirators who instigated a lethal mutiny against Gallienus during his siege against the usurper Aureolus. His claim that Gallienus designated him his heir in his deathbed and absent any credible witnesses led many to doubt the story. Regardless, Claudius rose to power and quelled any discontent over Gallienus's fate by giving each soldier the princely sum of 20 Aurei and locating Aureolus who was promptly executed.

The controversial accession besides, Claudius proved a remarkably able battlefield commander and he earned the nickname Gothicus following the devastating blow he dealt to the Goths; accounts of which had the battle ending with some 50,000 barbarians of this tribe being killed. Before he had much more time to secure more honorary titles for himself, however, he contracted plague and died in Sirmium two years into his reign. The Senate praised and deified him afterwards as one of the greatest emperors ever. Contemporary historians linked his family to that of Constantine and evidently his memory was still popular enough half a century later that Constantine would be able to exploit the public relations value of this link through a series of coins minted honoring his dead ancestor.

AU Medallion

Gnecchi 1 Eight Aureii Obv: IMPCMAVRLCLAVDIVSPFAVG, Bust laureate cuirassed right, seen from front, large aegis with Medusa head and snakes on left shoulder, scene of emperor on horseback right attacking barbarians on breast of cuirass.
Rev: CONCORDIAEXERCITVS - Concordia standing left, head right, holding two standards topped by cloth squares like vexilla and by eagles.


AE Antoninianus

RIC 13f, Cohen 4 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: ADVENTVSAVG - Claudius on horseback left, holding scepter and raising right hand in salute.


RIC 15, Cohen 10 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASSAVG; Aequitas standing left holding scales and cornucopia.


RIC 15c, Cohen 10 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, hold scales and cornucopia.


RIC 19f, Cohen 22 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: ANNONAAVG - Annona standing left, holding corn-ears over modius and cornucopia


RIC 32a, Cohen 79 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: FELICITASAVG - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.


RIC 34, S 3210 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG; Radiate, draped bust right.
Rev: FIDESEXERCI; Fides standing left holding two standards.


RIC 38v AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG; Radiated, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FIDESMILITVM, Fides standing left, holds two ensigns.


RIC 40 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: FORTVNARED - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. Lot sold for $7 12/17/01.


RIC 48a, Cohen 114 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped
Rev: GENIVSEXERCI - Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia


RIC 52a, S 3205 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG; Radiate, draped bust right
Rev: IOVISTATORI; Jupiter standing, head left, holding scepter and thunderbolt


RIC 66a, Cohen 160 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: MARVLTOR - Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.


RIC 98, Cohen 265 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: SALVSAVG - Salus standing left, holding scepter and feeding a snake rising from altar below it. Lot sold for $6 11/19/01.


RIC 98f, Cohen 265 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: SALVSAVG - Salus standing left, by altar, holding patera to feed rising snake and in left hand, a scepter.


RIC 102a, Cohen 281 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: SPESPVBLICA - Spes standing left, holding flower and pulling up on her skirt.


RIC 104f, Cohen 293 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG - Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm.


RIC 109a, Cohen 313 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Virtus standing left, holding branch and scepter; leaning on shield, left.


RIC 149, Cohen 88 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSPFAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: FIDESMILIT - Fides standing left holding two Legionary ensigns.


RIC 172, Cohen 315 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSPFAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: VIRTVSAVG - Mars advancing right, holding trophy and spear.


RIC 179 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG. Radiate bust right.
Rev: FELICITASSAECVLI; Felicity standing left.


RIC 179v AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG. Radiate bust right.
Rev: FELICITASSAECVLI; Felicity standing left.


RIC 180 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG - Radiate bust right, draped.
Rev: FORTVNARED - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopia.; in right field "S".


RIC 187f, Cohen 227 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: PROVIDENAVG - Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe, and cornucopia. Lot sold for $36 11/14/01.


RIC 187v, Cohen 227 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed
Rev: PROVIDENAVG - Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe, and cornucopia.


RIC 194v AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG - Radiate head right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVG - Victory standing left holding wreath and palm.


RIC 221 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCCLAVDIVSAVG - Radiate bust left.
Rev: SOLAVG; Sol standing left raising hand and holding whip.


RIC 252, Cohen 310 AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSPFAVG - Radiate head right.
Rev: VICTORIAGOTHIC Exe: SPQR; Trophy with two captives beneath.


RIC 256 AE Antoninianus Obv: DIVOCLAVDIO - Radiate head right.
Rev: CONSACRATIO - Funeral pyre.


RIC 262 AE Antoninianus Obv: DIVOCLAVDIO - Radiate head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO - Altar.


Unlisted AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG - Radiate head right Rev:
FORTVNARED - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. "S" in right field.


Unlisted AE Antoninianus Obv: IMPCLAVDIVSCAESAVG - Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: AEQVITASAVG - Equity standing left, hold scales and cornucopia.