Antioch mint, Syria
AE25, possibly an ancient forgery (read below)
[IMP(?)TICLAVDCAE AVGGER], Laureate bust of Claudius right
SC, dot above and below, in circle within laurel wreath of eight bunches of leaves
25mm, 14.1g, 12h
gF, desert patina
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Emperor of Rome from 41 to 54 AD. The first Roman Emperor born outside Italy he suffered from a limp and sligh deafness. Despite this, he proved a capable Emperor. At age 63, he died in 54 AD, possibly at his wife's hands, and was succeeded by his adopted son Nero as Emperor. This coin was struck at the Antioch mint in Syria. Due to the different style (dot above and below), Butcher classifies this coin as being minted in an intermediate period between the earlier and later issues of Claudius or alternatively the product of ancient counterfeiters.Accordingly a more precise date cannot be attributed to this coin. The purpose of the pellets and numeral letters on the coins from Antioch must have served some purpose but what that purpose was exactly has been lost in time and remains today the subject of some speculation.