Coin, Claudius II (Gothicus), Antoninianus
268-270 - Antioch - AU(50-53)
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Claudius II to right, seen from behind.
Hercules standing front, head to left, holding club with his right hand and apple in his left, lion's skin hanging from his left arm.
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- Denomination: Antoninianus
- Mint name: Antioch
- Composition: Silvered bronze
- Diameter: 20.5
- Product type: Coin
- Year: 268-270
- Main character: Claudius II (Gothicus)
- RIC: 213
An “AU(50-53)” quality
As in numismatics, it is important that the state of conservation of an item be carefully evaluated before it is offered to a discerning collector with a keen eye.
This initially obscure acronym comprising two words describing the state of conservation is explained clearly here:
This means – more prosaically – that the coin has circulated well from hand to hand and pocket to pocket but the impact on its wear remains limited: the coins displays sharp detailing and little sign of being circulated. The number (50-53) indicates that at least half of the original luster remains. Closer examination with the naked eye reveals minor scratches or nicks.
You might be wondering why there are different ranges of numbers behind the same abbreviation. Well, we’ll explain:
The numbers are subdivisions within a category, showing that the state of conversation is the same but coins may be at the higher or lower end of the scale. In the case of AU, the range (55-58) indicates that the luster is better preserved in than a similar coin described as (50-53).