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476913.

Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (28mm, 11.20 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 41-42. RIC I 97; von Kaenel Type 62; BMCRE 145-6. Good VF, even brown surfaces. Very attractive for issue and with a remarkable portrait.


Ex MoneyMuseum, Zurich Collection (Triton XVIII, 5 January 2015), lot 1019; Vecchi 13 (4 September 1998), lot 742.

The portrait on this coin is truly extraordinary in its veristic brutality. It shows Claudius without any of the usual Julio-Claudian idealization and handsomeness; rather it gives us the image of a rough, not all together elegant individual as he was described in the ancient sources.