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Lot 4130

Claudius, AD 41-54. Gold Aureus (7.7g) minted at Rome, AD 44-45. Laureate head of Claudius right. Reverse: Pax-Nemesis advancing right, pointing winged caduceus at serpent before, and holding out fold of drapery with her other hand. RIC 27; Calicó 366; Cohen 55. Strong types, well-centered, of pleasing style. Wonderful portrait. Extremely Fine.

This superb aureus of Claudius minted in AD 44/5 features on the reverse an elegant winged figure of the goddess Nemesis with a snake at her feet. Nemesis was associated with the concept of righteous retribution. As the type occurs regularly on the precious metal coinage of this reign, it was clearly intended to symbolize a fundamental aspect of the emperor's personal policy. Doubtless, it was this idea that was invoked as a justification for the invasion and conquest of Britain commencing in AD 43 and perhaps also for the execution of his wife Messalina half a decade later.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
The Hunter Collection.

Realized $37,950

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