Claudius I
Augustus, A.D. 41-54
Bronze As
Rome mint, A.D. 50-54
Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TYR P IMP PP
Rev: Helmeted Minerva with spear and shield facing right, between S and C
RIC 116
29mm, 10.8g.


Claudius I

Claudius, grandson of Augustus, was plucked from behind the palace drapes by the rampaging praetorian guards and declared emperor after the assassination of the notorious Caligula. Despite his stuttering, presumed feeble-mindedness and probable palsy, he proved to be a compassionate, capable administrator, undone only by his terrible choices of wives. This is the Claudius of  “I, Claudius” fame.

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