41 AD CLAUDIUS AV AUREUS
NGC VF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5Claudius, with Agrippina Junior. AD 41-54. AV Aureus. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P, laureate head of Claudius right / AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina right, wearing wreath of grain ears and hair in long plait taken up, two locks falling loosely down neck. (7.56g) Gold Aureus of Roman Emperor Claudius and his Niece/Wife. Interesting marital aureus of Claudius with his wife Agrippina on the reverse. A scarce issue with great historical appeal.
He Came. He Saw. He Conquered... Claudius was nephew to Caligula and was widely thought to have been involved in a broad conspiracy to murder Caligula since he left the scene of the crime just before it began. However, after Caligula?s wife and daughter were murdered he knew the conspirators were after him as well. He began the largest expansion of the Empire since the time of Augustus and began the conquest of the British Isles. Historical accounts depict him as a well-rounded Emperor. His public works, military efforts, and presence at public trials trump the accounts of some historians of the bloodthirsty and cruel Gladiator patron. Ambiguity about his death remains. Some historians believe he was poisoned while others believe he died of old age. Much like Caligula, the coins of Claudius are always in demand. His gold coins are rare and hard to find, and astute buyers seek these for their collection.