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Claudius I; 41-54 AD c 41-2 AD
Fifth of the 12 Caesars. Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was the fourth Roman Emperor and a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, ruling from 24 January AD 41 to his death in AD 54. He was the first Roman emperor to be born outside of Italy. Despite his lack of political experience, Claudius proved an able administrator and a great builder of public works. His reign saw an expansion of the empire, including the conquest of Britain. He took a personal interest in the law, presided at public trials, and issued up to 20 edicts a day. However, he was seen as vulnerable throughout his reign, particularly by the nobility. Claudius was constantly forced to shore up his position; this resulted in the deaths of many senators. Claudius also suffered setbacks in his personal life, one of which may have led to his murder. He was succeeded by his grand-nephew and son-in-law Nero. Obverse the bare head of Claudius TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP. Reverse Minerva advancing right raising a spear in her right hand while holding a shield in her left. The inscriptions S and C are to the left and right of Minerva respectively.
Mint: Branch Mint (possibly in modern-day Lyon, France)
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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