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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 746

Claudius. AD 41-54. AV Aureus (18mm, 7.03 g, 5h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck AD 44-45.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 746.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Roman Imperial, Gold

Sold For $ 6 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Claudius. AD 41-54. AV Aureus (18mm, 7.03 g, 5h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck AD 44-45. TI CLAVD • CAESAR • AVG • P • M • TR • P • IIII, laureate head right / IMPER RECEPT across top of front wall, view of the praetorian camp; in front is a wall with two small arched openings below and five battlements on top; above and behind it stands a soldier on guard left, holding a spear in right hand; to his right, an aquila; behind him is a pediment, in which is a crescent, on two pillars, flanked left and right by walls, each with a battlement above and an arch below. RIC I 25 (Rome); von Kaenel Type 21, – (V- [unlisted obv. die]/R325); Lyon 40 (unlisted dies); Calicó 361; BMCRE 23 (Rome); BN 43-4; Biaggi 206; Mazzini 43 (same rev. die). Some minor marks, small flat spot on edge. Near VF.

From the John L. Cowan Collection, purchased from Pegasi, 16 September 2006.

Upon Caligula’s assassination in January, AD 41, Claudius was the sole surviving Julio-Claudian male. When members of the Praetorian Guard found him cowering behind a curtain in the palace, they immediately acclaimed him as Emperor and brought him to the Castra Praetoria, their fortified camp on the outskirts of Rome. Claudius astutely awarded the Praetorians a substantial bonus, and, with 10,000 heavily armed soldiers backing him, he easily forced the Senate to accept him as the next princeps. On this aureus, Claudius clearly acknowledges his debt to the Praetorians, depicting the walled Castra the legend IMPER RECEPT –- “The Emperor Received.”

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 14 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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