The Numismatic Chronicle entitled "The Nadir of the Imperial Antoninianus in the Reign of Claudius II Gothicus". That's right, "NADIR"... so quite literally, the pits. And, while that paper addresses the microscopically token level of silver in his coins, most will agree that in general his coins score little better in terms of style and production values when compared to those struck in any of the other 1st to 3rd century years of Roman Imperial coinage. All that said, I've never been one to shy away from the enjoyment of ANY coin, because I've always felt our little pieces of history deserve to be loved for what they are and what they represent of their times . But okay, before I start waxing lyrical over all the uncollectible coins I own, let me first show this unusually nice Claudius Gothicus that I did manage to pick up recently. It's in recognizably Antiochean style and nothing rare, but what it has going for it is an exceptionally well-executed portrait, deeply struck and decently centered enough that none of the devices are missing. Even the patchy silvering won't keep me calling this a flat-out stunner of a coin. Yes, it's already getting the stink eye from its many other less than pretty tray neighbours . Please feel free to post your coins of Claudius Gothicus! CLAUDIUS GOTHICUS AE Antoninianus. 3.29g, 20.5mm. Antioch mint, circa early – mid AD 270. New RIC Online Temp #1053; RIC 221; Cohen 273. O: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head right. R: SOL AVG, Sol with whip and upraised arm standing left.