CLAUDIUS AE as. Constantia standing, holding spear. Provincial issue overstruck on a Lugdunese 'altar' as of Augustus

Ancient Coins - CLAUDIUS AE as. Constantia standing, holding spear. Provincial issue overstruck on a Lugdunese 'altar' as of Augustus
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CLAUDIUS AE as. Provincial mint in Gaul. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left. Reverse - CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI, Constantia, helmeted and in military dress, standing left, holding long spear in left hand, S C in fields. RIC 95. 27mm, 10.4g. 

A clear 'TVS DIVI F' just below Claudius' bust gives us the rare chance to fully identify the undertype of this coin - and it tells an interesting story. It's part of the legend "CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE" used on the Augustan as of Lugdunum struck at the end of his reign (10-14 AD). The long line of the tabletop of the altar is also clearly visible along the reverse. This coin, a mere 30 years old at the time of remonetization, was evidently restruck as part of Claudius' monetary reforms that closed individual mints throughout Gaul & Hispania, centralizing the production of copper coinage. Interestingly enough, many of these remonetizations are struck at the branch mints themselves prior to their permanent closure, which explains the slightly clumsy style of the so-called 'barbarous imitatives' while also having the proper Imperial weight standards (actual barbarous imitatives tend to be much lighter weight). 

See the link below for an example of the host coin:

https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/incitatus_coins/79/product/augustus_ae_as_altar_at_lugdunum_later_issue_of_augustus_1014_ad/167121/Default.aspx

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