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Gallic Empire

Claudius Gothicus and Quintillus

Aurelian

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M. Aurelius Claudius

Emperor 268-270

268-270
Claudius [b. 214], a leading general under Valerian and Gallienus, was part of the conspiracy to overthrow Gallienus. He first suppressed the rebellion of Aureolus, then inflicted a crushing defeat on German invaders. With a force seemingly hopelessly outnumbered, he next campaigned successfully against an immense army of Goths which had invaded the empire; the Gothic host was devastated by plague, which spread to the Roman army, and took Claudius' life at Sirmium in August 270. For his victory Claudius was awarded the honorific "Gothicus Maximus," was deified, and became one of Rome's most revered heroes. Constantine claimed Claudius as an ancestor, striking commemorative coins. Claudius' younger brother was proclaimed emperor after his death, but after Aurelian was also acclaimed, Quintillus, no match for that general, took his own life in despair after reigning less than two months.

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M. Aurelius Claudius
Quintillus

Emperor 270

   

GI4743 1391 Claudius II: Potin 23 Tetradrachm of Alexandria
$35.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. r., hd. turned l.
11.48 g
Sear GI4743: Milne 4287
VF

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GI4743 1685 Claudius II: Potin Tetradrachm of Alexandria
$50.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. r., hd. turned l.
9.34 g
Sear GI4743: Emmett 3877
good VF

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GI4772* 1387 Probus: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$60.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. l., hd. turned r.
6.78
Sear GI4772v; Milne 4565
EF

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R3195 1058 Claudius II: AE 22 Antoninianus
$85.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. AEQVITAS AVG
Aequitas stg. l.
3.93 g
Sear 3195; RIC 14
nearly EF, silvered

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R3195* 1049 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. AEQVITAS AVG
Aequitas stg. l.
3.46 g
Sear 3195v; RIC 14
EF/gVF, silvering nearly intact

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R3199* 1064 Claudius II: AE 22 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. DIANAE VICTR
Diana stg. r.
3.60 g
Sear 3199v; RIC 205
nearly EF, silvered

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R3202* 0322 Claudius II: AE 25 Antoninianus
$15.00
Obv. IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. FIDES MILITVM
Fides stg. l.
2.94 g
Sear 3202v; RIC 38
Heavy patina, otherwise nearly VF

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R3205 0348 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$25.00
Obv. IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. IOVI STATORI
Jupiter stg. l.
2.89 g
Sear 3205; RIC 52
nearly VF

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R3206 0346 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$15.00
Obv. IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG
Rad. bust r.
Rev. IOVI VICTORI
Jupiter stg. l.
2.76 g
Sear 3206; RIC 53
uneven strike, otherwise VF
When the emperor Valerian was taken captive by the Persian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa in 260, the Roman Empire lost not only its ruler, but also his entire field army and most of the Roman supply of silver bullion. This disaster nearly destroyed the Empire. For the next ten years, the Empire lacked enough silver to strike coins with the normal silver content. The size and weight of the antoninianus was significantly reduced, and its silver content declined to less than five per cent. The coinage returned to its accustomed size after the reform of Aurelian in 274, although its silver content was then concentrated in a silver-rich surface layer which oxidized to the appearance of bronze after several years of circulation.

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R3208* 1104 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. IVVENTVS AVG Hercules stg. facing
3.51 g
Sear 3208v; RIC 213 VF, mostly silvered

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R3213 1106 Claudius II: AE 21 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. NEPTVN AVG Neptune stg. l.
2.55g
Sear 3213; RIC 214v
nEF with nearly intact silvering

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R3213 1134 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$75.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. NEPTVN AVG Neptune stg. l.
2.82g
Sear 3213; RIC 214v
nEF with mostly intact silvering

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R3213 1135 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. NEPTVN AVG Neptune stg. l.
3.27 g
Sear 3213; RIC 214
sl. uneven, oth. good VF, silvered

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R3213 1143 Claudius II: AE 20 Antoninianus
$40.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. NEPTVN AVG Neptune stg. l.
3.46 g
Sear 3213; RIC 214
good VF, silvered

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R3215 0762 Claudius II: AE 22 Antoninianus
$30.00
Obv. IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. PAX AVG Pax adv. l.
3.25 g
Sear 3215; RIC 157 VF with nice portrait

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R3219* 1056 Claudius II: AE Antoninianus (22 mm)
$85.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. SALVS AVG
Salus stg. l.
4.59 g
Sear 3219v; RIC 217
nearly EF, silvered. Scarce

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R3219* 1136 Claudius II: AE Antoninianus (22 mm)
$50.00
Obv. IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Rad. & dr. bust l.
Rev. SALVS AVG
Isis stg. l.
3.64 g
Sear 3219v; RIC 217
nEF, partly silvered
Scarce left bust variety

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