Aureus: Bust of Claudius I (obverse); Triumphal Arch with Equestrian Statue and Trophies (reverse)

Aureus: Bust of Claudius I (obverse); Triumphal Arch with Equestrian Statue and Trophies (reverse)

AD 47–48

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Gold

Diameter: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Weight: 7.69 g (0.27 oz.)

Die axis: 9

The Norweb Collection 1969.158

Location

Did you know?

During his reign, Claudius started the successful campaign for the conquest of Britain.

Description

Minted in Rome, this coin depicts the triumphal arch erected there in 44 AD commemorating Claudius in the campaign in Britain. On top of the arch is the emperor seated on a horse between two military trophies. The arch itself was a converted aqueduct which crossed the main road leading north toward Rome. Claudius was the youngest of the three surviving children of Drusus and Antonia Minor and the first Roman emperor to have been born outside Rome.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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