Coin Catalogue

Claudius I 41 – 54 A.D.

After the murder of Caligula, the Praetorian Guard had to come up with a worthy successor and fast lest the Senate step in and revert back to the pre-Julius Caesar type of Republic. The only relative of Caligula they could find was Claudius who was Caligula’s uncle. An otherwise unfit man to rule, Claudius was a recluse of whom little was known about by design. Because he suffered physical deformities he was kept out of the limelight to avoid embarrassment. At the age of 46 he was unveiled to the public by his uncle Caligula and he held a position as Suffect Consul or “replacement” consul. But don’t get the wrong idea, this was done by Caligula entirely to spite the Senate and had nothing to do with any affection he had for Claudius himself.

Nevertheless, by bringing him out in public Claudius gained a degree of acceptance. To augment this perception it was noted that he was highly educated and not inept as an administrator. In the turn of events that was to happen next this all played out in his favor. When the Praetorian Guard thus announced his candidacy to the seat of power the Senate had to oblige and ratify the decision.

As a ruler, the only truly poor decision he made was to marry his niece. She turned out to be nothing but trouble for him and pursued an agenda of grooming her son as Claudius’s replacement. She was skillful in this endeavor and easily manipulated Claudius himself to carry out her goals. When Nero’s place as rightful heir was a sure thing she simply poisoned him and Nero took his place.



AU Aureus


RIC 3, Vagi 580 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Triumphal arch surmounted by equestrian statue between two trophies, DEGERMANIS on architrave. $10,864 12/5/02.



RIC 5, BMC 3, C 33 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, EXSC/OBCIVES/SERVATOS within. c.41-42 (Rome).



RIC 7, C 40 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Battlemented wall inscribed IMPERRECEPT enclosing praetorian camp in which Fides Praetorianorum stands, spear in right hand, aquilla in front of him; behind him a pediment with fortified flanking walls. $8,000 5/22/02.



RIC 13, BMC 16, C 5 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMTRP – Laureate head right, wearing oak wreath
Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI – Constantia seated left on curule chair, feet on stool, right hand raised.



RIC 15, C 34 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRP – Laureate head right, wearing oak wreath
Rev: EXSC/OBCIVES/SERVATOS – Legend in three lines within wreath. 41-42 (Rome). $3,640 5/21/03.



RIC 25, BMC 23, BN 44, C 43 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – IMPERRECEPT on the top of battlemented wall enclosing praetorian camp in which Claudius stands, holding spear, with standard in front of him. c.44-45 (Rome).



RIC 27, C 55 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, holding winged caduceus in left hand pointing down at serpent and holding out fold of drapery below chin with right hand. 44-45 (Rome). $4,500 7/1/04.



RIC 29, BMC 28, Vagi 584 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: PRAETORRECEPT – Claudius, bare-headed and togate, standing right, shaking hands with soldier, standing left and holding aquila in left hand. c.44-45 (Rome). $4,753 12/5/02.



RIC 38, C 57 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIMPXI – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis advancing right, holding caduceus over snake. 46-47 (Rome). $5,500 9/24/03.



RIC 46, BMC 51, Vagi 583, C 60 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, rising fold of drapery below chin and holding caduceus pointed towards serpent moving right. c.49-50 (Rome). $5,432 12/5/02.



RIC 80, BMC 72, BN 76, C 3 Aureus Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRIBPOTPP – Laureate head of Claudius right.
Rev: AGRIPPINAEAVGVSTAE – Draped bust right of Agrippina II, wearing barley wreath. c.42 (Rome). $13,000 9/24/03.




AU Quinarius


Unlisted RIC, Vagi 585 Quinarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Victory flying left, holding shield inscribed OB/CI in her left hand. c.41-42 (Rome). $14,937 12/5/02.




AR Tetradrachm


RIC 118, BMC 221, C 30 Cistophoric Tetradrachm Obv: TICLAVDCAESAVG – Bare head left.
Rev: No legend – DIAN EPHE across fields, Tetrastyle temple, statue of Diana Ephesia within, pediment decorated with scene of worshippers at altar. 41-42 (Ephesus). $1,750 1/13/03.



RIC 119, BMC 231, C 1 Cistophoric Tetradrachm Obv: TICLAVDCAESAVGAGRIPPAVGVSTA – Jugate busts of Claudius, laureate, and Agrippina, laureate and draped, left.
Rev: DIANAEPHESIA – Cult statue of Diana Ephesia facing. c.50-51 (Ephesus). $500 5/22/02.



RIC 120, BMC 228 Cistophoric Tetradrachm Obv: TICLAVDCAESAVG – Bare head left.
Rev: COM ASI – Temple of two columns, within stands Augustus being crowned by Roma; ROMETAVG inscribed on entablature. c.41-50 (Pergamum). $1,300 5/21/03.




AR Denarius


RIC 10 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, left hand holding winged caduceus pointing down at snake, right hand holding a fold of drapery below chin.



RIC 14, BMC 13 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI – Constantia seated left, raising hand. 41-42 (Rome).



RIC 16 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: EXSC/OBCIVES/SERVATOS – Wreath, legend within. 41-42 (Rome).



RIC 26, BMC 24 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPERRECEPT – Praetorian outer camp wall with dual gates; Praetorian on guard duty in battlement above. $838 4/12/02.



RIC 32, C 8 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIMPXI – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI – Constantia seated left on curule chair; feet on stool. 47-48 (Rome).



RIC 39, BMC 40 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIMPXI – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis standing right, holding caduceus above serpent.



RIC 41, BMC 46, BN 59, C 87 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIMPXI – Laureate head right.
Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS – Wreath, legend within. 46-47 (Rome).



RIC 45, BMC 50 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIIIIMPXXI – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – DEBRITANN on architrave of triumphal arch surmounted by equestrian statue left between two trophies. 49-50.



RIC 47, BMC 52 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPVIIIIIMPXVI – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis standing right, holding winged caduceus pointing down at snake.



RIC 58, BMC 59, C 66a Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPXIMPXVIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, left hand holding winged caduceus pointing down at snake, right hand holding a fold of drapery below chin. 50-51 (Rome).



RIC 60, C 94 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPXIMPXVIII – Laureate head right.
Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS – Wreath, legend within. [This coin a fourree]. 50-51 (Rome).



RIC 62, BMC 69 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPXIIMPPPCOSV – Laureate head right.
Rev: PACIAVGVSTAE – Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, left hand holding winged caduceus pointing down at snake, right holding out fold of drapery below chin.



RIC 81, BMC 75, S 1886, C 4 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRIBPOTPP – Laureate head of Claudius right.
Rev: AGRIPPINAEAVGVSTAE – Laureate and draped bust of Agrippina right. c.50-54 (Rome).



RIC 83, BMC 80, C 5 Denarius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGGERMPMTRIBPOTPP – Laureate head of Claudius right.
Rev: NEROCLAVDCAESDRVSVSGERMPRINCIVVENT – Nero bare-headed, draped bust left. 50-54 (Rome). $1,300 5/21/03.




AE Sestertius


RIC 96, BMC 115, BN 152, C 39 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: EXSC/OB/CIVES/SERVATOS – Wreath, legend within. 41-42 (Rome). $10,000 1/13/03.



RIC 98, C 48 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: NEROCLAVDIVSDRVSVSGERMANIMP -triumphal arch surmounted by an equestrian statue between two trophies.



RIC 99, BMC 124, BN 171, C 85 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: SPESAVGVSTA – Spes, draped, advancing left, right hand holding flower, left raising skirt. c.41-50 (Rome).



RIC 112, BMC 185, BN 209, C 38 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Laureate head right.
Rev: EXSC/PP/OBCIVES/SERVATOS – Legend in four lines in oak wreath.



RIC 115, C 85 Sestertius Obv: CLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: SPESAVGVSTA – Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt.




AE Sestertius (Posthumous)


RIC 234 (Titus), BMC 297 (Titus), BN 308 (Titus), C 103 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Laureate head left.
Rev: IMPTVESPAVGREST – S C across fields; Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt. c.79-81 (Rome).




AE Dupondius


RIC 94 (anecdotal), BMC 139, Von Kaenel 244 Dupondius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Bare head left.
Rev: CERESAVGVSTA Exe: SC – Ceres seated left, holding two corn ears and long torch. 41-42 (Rome). $3,450 5/21/03.



RIC 110, BMC 197, S 1856, C 1 Dupondius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Bare head left.
Rev: CERESAVGVSTA Exe: SC – Ceres seated left, holding two corn ears and torch. c.50-54 (Rome).




AE As


RIC 94 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Bare head left.
Rev: CERESAVGVSTA Exe: SC – Ceres seated left, holding corn-ears and torch.



RIC 95, BMC 140 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Bare head left.
Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI – Constantia standing left, holding scepter. 41-50 (Rome). $31 10/25/03.



RIC 97, BMC 145, S 1859, C 47 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Bare head left
Rev: LIBERTASAVGVSTA – Libertas standing, facing, holding pileus and raising hand; S C across fields. 41-42 (Rome). $300 5/21/03.



RIC 100, BMC 149, BN 180, S 639 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP – Bare head left.
Rev: No legend – Minerva standing right, holding javelin and round shield; S C across fields. 41-50 (Rome).



RIC 111, BMC 201, S 1858 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Bare head left.
Rev: CONSTANTIAEAVGVSTI – Constantia standing left, raising hand and holding spear; S C across fields. $365 1/31/04.



RIC 113, BMC 202, S 1860, C 47 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMPPP – Bare head left.
Rev: LIBERTASAVGVSTA – Libertas standing, facing, holding pileus and raising hand; S C across fields. 50-54 (Rome).



RIC 116, S 1862 As Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGGERMPMTRPIMPPP – Bare head left
Rev: No legend – Minerva standing right, aiming javelin and holding shield; S C across fields. 50-54 (Rome).




AE Quadrans


RIC 84, C 70 Quadrans Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVG – Hand with scales, P•N•R below.
Rev: PONMTRPIMPCOSDESIT – Legend around S C.



RIC 90, BN 195, S 1865, C 72 Quadrans Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVG – Modius.
Rev: PONMTRPIMPPPCOSII – Legend around S C.


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