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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 50-54 A.D Claudius Copper As Constantia standing Extremely Fine

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 50-54 A.D Claudius Copper As Constantia standing Extremely Fine

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Incredible quality for this denomination - sharp details all over.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 50-54 A.D Claudius Copper As Constantia standing Extremely Fine

Obverse: Bare bust of Claudius to left, legend around;


Reverse: Constantia standing l., holding spear and raising hand; in field, S - C.

Reverse legend: CONSTANTIAE - AVGVSTI.

Extremely Fine. RIC# 111.

Incredible quality for this denomination - sharp details all over.

This small copper coin dating to Rome's second emperor features superb details right across both sides, and is incredible quality for this denomination.

It is an attractive and affordable example from the second emperor of Rome.

A brief biography of the emperor Claudius:

Claudius, the uncle of Caligula, was the son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia. He was born on August 1, 10 BC, and was sickly as a child. Afflicted by a speech impediment (thought to possibly be Tourrette’s syndrome), he tended to stay clear of public life. He was an ardent student of history and resigned himself to the life of a scholar.

When Caligula was murdered in 41 A.D., the Praetorian Guard proclaimed Claudius emperor (to his surprise) which was soon confirmed by the Senate. Like Caligula, he honoured the memory of his family, fortunately there the similarities between them ended.

Unlike Caligula, Claudius was sensitive to the position of the Senate as well as the Praetorian Guard. His first coins paid due respect to both of these institutions. Claudius restored the policies of Augustus and initiated a new round of public works. He also reformed the courts and restored justice to the empire. His armies were successful in Germany and also began the invasion of Britain. Claudius was popular with the people of Rome and restored many of the festivals and public entertainments of earlier days.

Although the coinage of Claudius is quite conservative in comparison with that of Nero, the introduction of allegorical figures (Spes, Libertas and Constantia) paved the way for important changes in numismatic narrative.

Constantia is regarded as being the personification of consistency - persistence, endurance or perserverance. These were qualities that Claudius prided himself on, particularly when dealing with the challenges of his early years, or while ruling Rome.