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AE Antoninianus, Rome Mint. With a sea green patina.

Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, Radiate head of Claudius right.
Reverse: LAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor.

Claudius II was a tough guy from what I gather but many stories about him may have been exaggerated. 

Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of fertility. Her name was used to mean happiness with prosperity and abundance.  She is shown with an anchor, as a representation of stability

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Antoninianus

The name given in modern times to a Roman coin thought to be twice the value of a denarius. Originally a silver coin. The amount of silver in the mix dropped drastically over the years, and later antoniniani were hard to tell from copper or bronze.

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Nice one! You sure are having fun, @thenickelguy! Here's my favorite Laetitia!

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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.80 g, 32.6 mm, 6 h.
Rome, AD 161-164.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing stephane.
Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and scepter.
Refs: RIC 1653; BMCRE 928; Cohen 150; RCV 5279 var. (bust); MIR 21-6/10b diad.
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 Two Antoniniani of Claudius Gothicus -

the first with reverse of Victoriae Gothic(ae) - hence his honorific  title "Gothicus".

second , with Mars reverse ( with an exceptionally large butt!).

 

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atta-boy, the nickelguy => keep 'em coming!!

Ummm, I had a fairly weak example of Claudius Gothicus (Claudius-II) ... oh, but it was still super-cool!!

=> wanna see it?

 

Claudius II Gothicus (below)

AE Antoninianus
Obverse: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right
Reverse: LIBERT AVG, Libertas standing left
Weight: 3.2 g
Diameter: 18 mm
Reference: RIC VI 62 Rome

 

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Fun-Fact: This was one of my first two ancient coins (at that time I wasn't even sure if any of them were even real, right? ... it seems so amazing that we can own such old coins!! ... so fricken cool)

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6 hours ago, thenickelguy said:

933017911_ClaudiusII268-270ADAntoninianusofRomeLaetitiaGallery.jpg.2292749cd9b7a77f64b5fe97bb7021c7.jpg

AE Antoninianus, Rome Mint. With a sea green patina.

Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS AVG, Radiate head of Claudius right.
Reverse: LAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor.

Claudius II was a tough guy from what I gather but many stories about him may have been exaggerated. 

Laetitia was a minor Roman goddess of fertility. Her name was used to mean happiness with prosperity and abundance.  She is shown with an anchor, as a representation of stability

Word of the day

Antoninianus

The name given in modern times to a Roman coin thought to be twice the value of a denarius. Originally a silver coin. The amount of silver in the mix dropped drastically over the years, and later antoniniani were hard to tell from copper or bronze.

You know what’s really cool about that coin that nobody has noticed? Look at that obverse legend again, it’s not IMP CLAVDIVS AVG. The legend actually appears to be DIVO CLAVDIO! Whether official or an imitation I’m not sure and haven’t looked into but this coin was minted after Claudius’ death. I’d look into DIVO CLAVDIO coins with an LAETITIA AVG reverse and see what you find. The bust looks official enough to me… so maybe a DIVO C obverse paired with a Quintillus reverse? 
 

Edit.. addition: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.5.cg.277

 

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1 hour ago, Orange Julius said:

You know what’s really cool about that coin that nobody has noticed? Look at that obverse legend again, it’s not IMP CLAVDIVS AVG. The legend actually appears to be DIVO CLAVDIO! Whether official or an imitation I’m not sure and haven’t looked into but this coin was minted after Claudius’ death. I’d look into DIVO CLAVDIO coins with an LAETITIA AVG reverse and see what you find. The bust looks official enough to me… so maybe a DIVO C obverse paired with a Quintillus reverse? 
 

Edit.. addition: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.5.cg.277

 

I noticed that too :D. Nice find @thenickelguy!

Here are a few of my DIVO CLAVDIO coins with lifetime reverses (including a LAETITIA AVG example like the OP coin)

 

LAETITIA AVG

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FELICITAS AVG

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PAX AVGVSTI

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SECVRIT AVG

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DIVO CLAVDIO added to my new file.

You guys . . .

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AE Antoninianus, Rome Mint. With a sea green patina.

Obverse: DIVO CLAVDIO, Radiate head of Claudius right.
Reverse: LAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor.

I think I have a posthumous Antoninianus of Claudius Gothicus which may change the date struck too?

 

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Took better pictures today (I think)

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I do believe I found this on Wildwinds listed as such and maybe struck in 277 AD? https://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/claudius_II/i.html

Divus Claudius II, mule with lifetime reverse

Claudius II AE Antoninianus, commemorative issue. Rome, 277 AD. DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right / LAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing left holding wreath and anchor.

RIC V-1 Rome 277. or should that read RIC 277 Volume 1 Rome Mint

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2 hours ago, thenickelguy said:

RIC V-1 Rome 277.

I don’t think it matters too much the order… Rome, RIC V-1 277. I just notice you have 277 also listed as the mint date too. I think these coins had to be minted in 270 or not long after.

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