FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL SILVER BILLON ANTONINIANUS OF CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS (Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius) FROM 268 – 270 AD.
THE SIZE IS 20.3 MM AND 3.78 GRAMS.
OBVERSE – Radiate bust
REVERSE – IVNO REGINA ; Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre, peacock at her feet
History describes Claudius Gothicus as being tall, with fiery eyes, and so strong that he could knock out the teeth of man or beast with one punch. It also says that Trajan Decius rewarded him after Claudius demonstrated his strength while wrestling another soldier in the Campus Martius.
Claudius II Gothicus (Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius), born 214 AD, was emperor of Rome from 268-270. Claudius was a military commander who may have been a military tribune under Decius and commander of Balkan legions under Valerian. Claudius II may have instigated the murder of his predecessor, Gallienus, but was, at any rate, proclaimed emperor afterwards. Claudius II put to death the rebellious Aureolus whom Gallienus had attempted to suppress in Milan. Claudius earned his title Gothicus Maximus when he routed the Goths at the Battle of Naissus. Claudius II died in 270 of the plague.
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