Lot 181 Claudius 41-54AD 29mm 9gm Rome Mint Ae As w/ Libertas

Lot 181 sold for $440 in our Auction A1188 8th December 2018 

Claudius AE As obverse bust

Claudius AE As reverse: Libertas

Libertas is one of the old Roman goddesses.  She is the embodiment of Liberty and was adopted with the overthrow of the Kings of Rome.  The American Statue of Liberty was inspired by her through French example.  This bronze As would have circulated widely in the Empire so that all might associate their August Emperor Claudius with Freedom herself.  She holds out her left hand with the promise of liberty and holds a Pileus in her right. The Pileus is the archaic and symbolic felt cap worn by a slave as they are freed.