The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the University of Birmingham Collections - Objects
ID number: BIRBI-R0942
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Claudius (41-54)
Title / Object name / Definition: Aureus
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 49-52
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 7.74 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Claudius.
Reverse: Praetorian camp. Claudius was raised to the rank of Augustus after the murder of Caligula. He was found hiding behind a curtain by Praetorian Guardsmen who hailed him as Imperator then carried him to their camp located on the edge of Rome. This coin commemorates this event. Claudius uses the titulature that had by now become the standard on coins of the principate, a mixture of renowned family names (Caesar), honorifics (Augustus), religious titles (Pontifex Maximus, chief priest) and republican honours (Tribunicia Potestate).
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: TI•CLAVD•CAESAR•AVG•P•M•TR•P• (Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Chief Priest [holder of] Tribunician Power)
Reverse: IMPER•RECEPT (Received as Imperator, On praetorian camp)
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