WMID-626B77: Roman Coin: Aureus of Claudius (obverse, reverse)

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Unique ID: WMID-626B77

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Complete gold aureus of Claudius (AD41-AD54). Obverse description: Bust, laureate, right. Obverse incription: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P VI IMP XI. Reverse description: SPQR/PP/OB C S in three lines in oak wreath. Coin reference: RIC 40 , BMC 42 (AD46-AD47), Mint of Rome. Mass: 7.56g. Diameter: 19.0mm


The reverse shows the Corona Civica which was awarded to citizens who had saved the lives of Romans. Claudius had saved the lives of many by ending the reign of Caligula. This is a touch ironic as Claudius also dispatched many opponents!


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: AD 46
Date to: AD 47

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 7.56 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st October 2007

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Aureus (Republic/Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Claudius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 2 [41-54]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Head: Claudius, laureate, right
Obverse inscription: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P VI IMP XI

Reverse description: S P Q R/P P/OB C S in three lines in oak wreath
Reverse inscription: See reverse description

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • BMC : 1 42
  • RIC : 1 40

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
To be known as: Shenstone CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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