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Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 43Auction date: 24 September 1997
Lot number: 1815

Lot description:

CLAUDIUS. 41-54 AD. Æ Sestertius (26.43 gm). Uncertain Eastern or Balkan mint. Laureate head right / Legend within oak-wreath. Cf. RIC I 112. VF, green patina. Rare. ($600) In an attempt to meet the needs of local demand, Claudius' aes coinage was heavily imitated throughout the provinces. Because many of the die engravers making these imitations were highly skilled artisans, style is most often the only key to distinguishing between an imitative and an imperial issue. The portrait and letter styles of this imitation, as well as the centering holes on obverse and reverse, suggest it as being either eastern or Balkan in origin.