Divus Claudius II Gothicus

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  1. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    I had the opportunity to buy one of these about 5 years ago at a good price.... but I hesitated and it was gone... no big deal - I'll just grab the next one I see.

    I don't usually spend a lot on coins so finding one I could afford, with a strong, readable GOTHICO took much, much longer than expected. Lesson learned!
    These are usually in terrible shape.

    At the time of Claudius's accession, the Roman Empire was in serious danger from several incursions, both inside and outside its borders. The most pressing of these was an invasion of Illyricum and Pannonia by the Goths. Although Gallienus had already inflicted some damage on them at the Battle of Nestus, Claudius, not long after being named emperor, followed this up by winning his greatest victory, and one of the greatest in the history of Roman arms.

    At the Battle of Naissus, Claudius and his legions routed a huge Gothic army. Together with his cavalry commander, the future Emperor Aurelian, the Romans took thousands of prisoners and destroyed the Gothic cavalry as a force. The victory earned Claudius his surname of "Gothicus" (conqueror of the Goths).


    Divus Claudius II Gothicus, died 270. Antoninianus (Bronze18 mm 2,97 g). Mediolanum, 270. Obv. DIVO CLAVDIO GOTHICO Radiate head of Claudius II to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO / T Lighted altar.


    Please share any coins of Claudius II Gothicus..
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  3. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Claude II 4.jpg Already posted, but I like this portrait...
  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Claudius II (268 - 270 A.D.)
    Æ Antoninianus
    O: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
    R: SALVS AVG, Isis Faria standing facing, head left, holding sistrum and basket; Є
    Antioch mint
    RIC 217

    Claudius II (268 - 270 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: AVT K KLA-VDIOC CEB, laureate cuirassed bust right.
    R: Bust of Hermanubis right, wearing modius, lotus blossom to right, LB ( Year 2 = 268/269 A.D.) to left.
    Milne 4239 Curtis 1701, Koln 3037
  5. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Very nice! Here's my only Claudius

    Claudius II (Gothicus), AD 268 - 270
    AE, antoninianus, 3.8g, 20mm; 11h; Rome, AD 269
    Obv.: IMP C CLAUDIUS AVG; radiate, draped, curiassed bust right
    Rev.: GENIVS AVG; Genius standing left by altar, holding patera and cornucopiae
  6. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    One of my nice Claudius:

    Picture courtesy Victor’s Imperial Coins

    Antiochia ad Orontem, 268 - 270 AD Mintmark: -/-//Δ, Emission 5 c
    19.6 x 21.5 mm; 4.120 g
    RIC V Antioch 213; Hunter 77; Cohen 137; Sear5 11344; in A. Alföldi, Studien zur Geschichte der Weltkrise des 3. Jahrhunderts nach Christus (1967), 155-209, 167 Nr. 1. Emission 5 c (Antiochia am Orontes, 268-270 n. Chr., dieser Typ Tafel 43 Nr. 9);
    Ob.: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG radiate and draped bust right.
    Rev.: IVVENTVS AVG Hercules standing facing, head left, holding club set on ground in right hand and apple or globe in l. hand, lion-skin draped over left arm; In ex. Δ
  7. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    Constantine I invented a genealogical tie to Claudius II, so he issued DIVO coins honoring his illustrious "ancestor".


    Claudius II
    Posthumous issue
    A.D. 317- 318
    15mm 2.0gm
    DIVO CLAVDIO OPT IMP; veiled head right.
    MEMORIAE AETERNAE; Eagle standing right, head left.
    In ex. RS
    RIC VII Rome 112
  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  9. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Ooooooh! I love Claudius II coins from Milan and that’s a nice one! A great addition.

    Now I’m going to warn everyone… the coin I’m going to show is ugly. …it’s ugly but I love it because the funeral pyre type is very hard to find…

    Divus Claudius II Gothicus AE Antoninianus.
    Obv: DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right
    Rev: CONSACRATIO, funeral pyre.
    RIC V-I 256, Cyzicus
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  10. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    A nearly fully-silvered example of Claudius II is extraordinarily hard to find. Fortunately, I got you all covered.

    I did read somewhere that the silvering was in fact not silver, but rather tin or antimony. In hand, the metal coating seems way too shiny just not what I would consider pure silver. In any case, this shows that these coins would have been extremely shiny and flashy when minted.
    Claudius II RIC 266.JPG
  11. GarrettB

    GarrettB Member

    A very recent purchase. Claudius II.jpg
  12. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    That is a cool type!
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  13. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Claudius ll
    Antoniniani, 268-9
    obv, IMP, C Claudius AVG Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from rear
    rev, Conser AVG, Serapis stg. facing, head l., with r. hand raised and holding sceptre in l. hand.
  14. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Here is my second Claudius II.. featuring Neptune..

    Claudius II, 268-270


    Neptune standing, holding dolphin and trident.
  15. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Forgot I actually had two silvered Clauds.
    Claudius II RIC Milan 261.JPG
    This one appears to actually be a low-grade silver wash vice tin. Absolutely awful strike, but that funeral pyre is one of the fanciest ones I've seen (disregarding the glorious wedding cakes...)

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  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Wearing earmuffs:
    Claudius II 9.jpg
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