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My Claudius has a less flattering patina.

Claudius Sestertius with PROB Countermark, 41-50image.png.16acf684cf423796813be77de450ab5e.pngRome. Bronze, 24.75g. Laureate head right; TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP. Oak-wreath; EX SC OB CIVES SERVATOS (RIC I, 96). After the conquest of AD42, large quantities of early OB CIVES SERVATOS (without PP) were issued for Britain, all countermarked PROB.

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I like the look of it @lordmarcovan

Also, welcome aboard! Glad to see you here.

I will share my lone Claudius. Not much to look at but he's what I got for now 🙂



Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP P P, bare head left
Reverse: Minerva walking right, holding shield and brandishing a javelin, S-C across fields

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I haven't had a chance to properly photograph this one(the reverse was taken beneath a plastic flip; creating a glare along the top).

However, wanting to contribute to this thread, here it is:


Claudius. (AD 41-54). Æ As. (30mm, 10.80g). Rome mint.

(Struck AD 42-43).


R: LIBERTAS AVGVSTA / S - C; Libertas standing right, holding pileus in right hand and extending left arm.

RIC 113

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My two examples

Copper Coin (AE as) minted at Rome during the reign of CLAUDIUS between 41-50 A.D. Obv. TI.CLAVDIVS.CAESAR.AVG.P.M.TR.P.IMP. Bare head left. Rev. LIBERTAS.AVGVSTA.S.C. Libertas, dr., stg. Facing, head right, holding pileus, l. extended; S—C to l. and r. RCS #638. RICI #97 pg.128. DVM #16 pg.82. RCS #1859.

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On 7/17/2022 at 5:16 PM, John Conduitt said:

Claudius Sestertius with PROB Countermark

Nice countermark! I don't think I've ever had a PROB. I do have a Claudius Sestertius (imitative / "unofficial mint" / "branch mint") with the much more common NCAPR countermark. Host coin's a bit worn but the countermark is very clear.

It's interesting that your PROB is right on the face. Happily, these NCAPR countermarks are never on the face (at least as far as I've been able to tell). They're usually behind the head, occasionally on the reverse, and very rarely in front of the bust (but never on the face).

For one so common, there have been some interesting debates about what exactly it means and when it was struck. Mine is from the Richard Baker Collection, the Los Angeles area collector known for his important scholarly collection of countermark coins (CNG photo):


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That's a very clear countermark.

4 hours ago, Curtis JJ said:

Host coin's a bit worn but the countermark is very clear.

It's interesting that your PROB is right on the face.

Yes as mentioned often online (see the note here https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=240438) R. F. Kenyon, who wrote about PROB, claimed "the countermarks were carefully applied, always in the right obverse field and never overlapping the imperial portrait. Coins were countermarked before they had seen much, if any, circulation."

Obviously, he hadn't seen my coin 🤣

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