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    Praetorian Camp

    Claudius (AD 41-54). AV aureus (20mm, 7.77 gm, 2h).  Rome, AD 46-47. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG · P · M · TR · P · VI · IMP · XI, laureate head of Claudius right / IMPER RECEPT along top of circular wall enclosing the Praetorian camp composed of tall brick battlements around a central shrine, within which stands a soldier standing left, holding spear and gesturing toward a legionary eagle (aquila) atop a standard affixed with three crescents. RIC 36 (R4). BMCRE 37. Calicó 362. Extremely rare and seldom offered! A few scratches in fields. NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 2/5, scratches.

    Claudius owed his elevation to the Praetorian Guard and was not ashamed to promote this fact on his coinage. The reverse of this interesting aureus type depicts the Praetorian camp and the legend "IMPER RECEPT" -- "The Emperor Received," a direct reference to the chaotic aftermath of Caligula's assassination in January of AD 41, when a platoon of Praetorians found Claudius hiding in the imperial palace and quickly hustled him behind the walls of the fortress. He obliged them with a donative of 3,750 silver denarii per head, nearly quadruple the previous highest amount (1,000, by Tiberius). The Praetorians remained fiercely loyal throughout his reign and, faced with this reality, the Senate was loath to challenge him. This variety of aureus, with a legend running counterclockwise and the Tribunican year of VI, is the rarest of this reverse type (rated as R4 by RIC) and has previously been offered only thrice in the last 10 years.

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