Claudius II (AD 268 - January AD 270)

Marcus Aurelius Claudius, often referred to as Claudius Gothicus or Claudius II ruled the Roman Empire for less than two years, but during that brief time he managed to obtain some successes. He was later given divine status. Claudius' origin is uncertain. He was either from Sirmium (Syrmia; in Pannonia Inferior) or from Naissus Dardania (in Moesia Superior); both areas are located in Serbia. Claudius was the commander of the Roman army that decisively defeated the Goths at the Battle of Naissus in September 268; in the same month, he attained the throne, amid charges, never proven, that he murdered his predecessor Gallienus. Claudius, like Maximinus Thrax before him, was of barbarian birth. After an interlude of failed aristocratic Roman emperors since Maximinus's death, Claudius was the first in a series of tough soldier-emperors who would eventually restore the Empire from the Crisis of the third century.

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Claudius II 'Annona' Antoninianus 023817

Claudius II 'Annona' Antoninianus
Bronze, 3.02 grams, 22.44 mm. Rome. AD 268-270. Obverse: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left, foot on prow, holding corn ears and cornucopiae. RIC V-1 18; Sear5 11319. Good very fine, reverse not struck up in centre. Note: the odd way that the engravers made the letters N (III) and A (II) is typical of the Rome mint for the period from Gallienus to Quintillus, and helps to distinguish Rome products from apparently identical coins from other mints. A significant coin which has been published on

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Claudius II 'Libertas' Antoninianus 018740

Excessively Rare. Reverse of Gallienus. Claudius II 'Libertas' Antoninianus
Bronze, 1.87 grams, 18.50 mm. Rome. 269 AD. Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: LIBERT AVG, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and vertical sceptre. RIC V-1, 63 var (sceptre); cf Sear5 11349. Note: On Claudius II coins, Libertas is usually depicted holding a pileus and a cornucopiae. However, as other examples of Claudius II's coinage show, at the beginning of his reign, reverse dies of Gallienus were used to speed up the issue of the new coinage. This coin is probably one such example (Gallienus Göbl 472f). Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on

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Claudius II 'Libertas' Antoninianus 018740

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