CLAUDIUS 41AD Rome GOLD Aureus Authentic Ancient Roman Coin PEDIGREE to 1894
AV Aureus (19mm, 7.70 g, 11h). TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P, laureate head right / IMPER RECEPT across top of front wall, view of the Castra Praetoria: in front is a wall with two small arched openings below and five battlements on top; above and behind it stands a soldier on guard looking left, holding spear in right hand; aquila to left; behind him is a pediment in which is a crescent, on two pillars, flanked left and right by walls, each with a battlement above and an arch below. RIC I 7; von Kaenel Type 2, 28 (V14/R19)=Lyon 5, 3a (D13/R12)=CNR XIV 76 (this coin , illustrated in von Kaenel and CNR); Calicó 359a (this coin illustrated); BMCRE 5; BN 23; Biaggi 205. A handsome and historically important coin. From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 94 (6 October 2016), lot 102 (hammer 60,000 CHF); C. Bement Collection (Naville VIII, 25 June 1924), lot 620; G. Earle Collection (Chapman, 25 June 1912), lot 511; P. Steiner Collection (Sangiorgi, 11 April 1894), lot 177. [Claudius] became emperor in his fiftieth year by a very surprising turn of fortune. When the assassins of Caius [Caligula] shut out the crowd under the pretense that the emperor wished to be alone, Claudius retired to an apartment called the Hermaeum; and soon afterwards, terrified by the report of Caius being slain, he crept into an adjoining balcony, where he hid himself behind a curtain. A common soldier, who happened to pass that way, spying his feet and desirous to discover who he was, pulled him out; when immediately recognizing him, he threw himself in a great fright at his feet and saluted him by the title of emperor. He then conducted him to his fellow-soldiers, who were all in a great rage and irresolute what they should do. They put him into a litter, and as the slaves of the palace had all fled, took their turns in carrying him on their shoulders and brought him into the camp, sad and trembling; the people who met him pitied him, as if the poor innocent man was being carried to execution. Being received within the ramparts, he spent his night among the sentries on guard, recovered somewhat from his fright, but in no great hopes of the succession. For the consuls, with the senate and civic troops, had taken possession of the Forum and Capitol with the determination to assert the public liberty. When he too was summoned to the Senate House by the tribunes of the commons to give his advice on the situation, he sent word that he was detained by force and compulsion. This type commemorates the “reception of the emperor” (imperator receptus) at the Praetorian Camp and the protection the Praetorian Guard afforded Claudius in the days following the assassination of Caligula. The barracks were located to the northeast of Rome beyond the Servian Wall between the Porta Viminalis and the Porta Collina (part of the structure was later incorporated into the Aurelian Wall and can still be seen today). Issued over a number of years in both gold and silver, this type was no doubt struck to serve as part of the annual military payments the emperor had promised the Guard in return for their role in raising him to the throne. The item “CLAUDIUS 41AD Rome GOLD Aureus Authentic Ancient Roman Coin PEDIGREE to 1894″ is in sale since Sunday, September 23, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Roman\ Imperial (27 BC-476 AD)”. The seller is “victoram” and is located in Forest Hills, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Composition: Gold
- Ruler: Claudius
- Denomination: Aureus