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Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Claudius II Gothicus

A work made of billon.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of billon.




Roman; minted in Alexandria, Egypt

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the bust of emperor Claudius II Gothicus. The back (reverse) depicts a bust of the god Hermanubis facing right, wearing a modius (headdress), with a winged caduceus, palm atop. The date this coin was struck is indicated in the reverse inscription ” LB”, which means the second year of Claudius’s reign, or 268-269 CE. Claudius II Gothicus reigned from 268-270.
One interesting feature of this particular coin is that the back side appears to have been struck more than once, a manufacturing error that is also referred to as a double exposure. This occurs when the coin has duplicate images from being struck again, off center.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Egyptian


Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Emperor Claudius II Gothicus


Egypt (Minted in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

268 CE–269 CE




Obverse: AVT K KΛAYΔIOC CEB Reverse: LB


Diam.: 2.1 cm (7/8 in.)

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Gift of Robert L. Grover

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