Claudius, (A.D. 41-54), AE sestertius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 42, (27.83 g), obv. laureate head of Claudius to right, around TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP P P, rev. SPES AVGVSTA around, Spes draped advancing to left, right hand holding flower, left raising skirt, (S.1854, RIC 115, C.85, BMC 192, CBN 216). Deep brown patina, well centred, evidence of smoothing, extremely fine and very rare in this condition.
Ex Brian Bolton Collection and previously Noble Numismatics Sale 92, lot 5290 with tickets.