Claudius (AD 41-54).
Silver Denarius, mint of Rome, AD 41-42.
Obverse: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, laureate head of Claudius facing right.
Reverse: CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI, Antonia seated left on curule chair, feet on stool, raising right hand.
(RIC 14; BMC 13; C 6).
Bt. Harlan Berk Sale, (22/05/2007), lot #279.
Ex. Whitford Auction, (29-30/11/2002), lot #125.
Exactly why the silver coinage of Claudius is so scarce by comparison to other 1st Century Roman Emperors is uncertain. Theories range from an active attempt to remove Claudius’ denarii from circulation during the reign of Nero, to a mere lack of necessity to strike silver during the emperor’s 13 year reign. In any case, Claudian silver remains scarce on the numismatic market and this example, though somewhat rough, will surely present an affordable opportunity for the collector looking for a silver coin of Claudius to add to their collection.