CLAUDIUS. Æ As. Tarraco (Spain mint II), 41-42 AD.
Obv. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP Bare head left
Rev. SC Minerva, helmeted and cuirassed, advancing r., hurling javelin and holding shield.
RIC 100; C. - (cf 84)
As Laffranchi showed in 1948, confirmed and somewhat modified by von Kaenel in his monograph on Claudius' coinage and by C. Clay researches, Claudius' bronze coinage in 41 (not yet P P) was produced not only at Rome, but also at three branch mints in the provinces. [from C. Clay]
P.H. Besombes and J.N. Barrandon have identified these official mints as:
- Spain I (mint in military camp, Leon region, Astorga), dedicated to the military units in Spain
- Spain II (Tarraco), known from the La Pobla de Mafumet hoard
- Gaul (Lugdunum?)
many unofficial local imitations being made at this time in Gaul (up to 30 to 50% of the Claudius coinage found in significant place)
(Nouvelles propositions de classement des monnaies de « bronze » de Claude Ier, Paul-André Besombes; Jean-Noël Barrandon
Revue Numismatique, 2000).
Nice natural toned copper patina. Nice portrait, decentered rev.