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422, Lot: 593. Estimate $75.
Sold for $50. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Divus Claudius II Gothicus. Died AD 270. Æ Fractional Follis (17mm, 1.12 g, 6h). Thessalonica mint, 5th offcina. Struck under Constantine I, AD 317-318. DIVO CLAVDIO OPTIMO IMP, laureate and veiled head right / REQVIES OPTIM-ORVM MERITORVM, Divus Claudius seated left on curule chair, raising hand and holding scepter; •TS•Є•. RIC VII 26 (R5). Good VF, green patina, some roughness.

From the Macy Collection. Ex Finn Johannessen Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 408, 25 October 2017), lot 538. Purchased from R. Richardson, 11 May 2008.

As the political institution of the Tetrarchy fell apart, Constantine began to publicly assert that he was descended from Claudius Gothicus. This illustrious ancestry formed the basis for Constantine’s claim to have the right to rule over an undivided empire.