COINS of the Year of the Four Emperors, 69 AD

II. These are coins of the Civil War era after the death of Nero


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Galba denarius
issued 68 AD     Exf condition
Obv: Portrait of  Galba

(Harlan Burke)


awaiting photo

Of Galba  it has been written that 'he would have been thought the most able to rule, had he not acutally put his hand to it.'

When his sedan chair carriers heard a calvary troop coming for him they dropped his chair and he fell in the forum. Then he was killed by the calvary.


Otho aureus (nice VF)
possibly issued late March - early April 69 AD
(Stack's auction, summer 2004, lot #20)

The victory (reverse) may represent Otho's hopes for a victory against Vitellius who he marched out to fight in mid-April. Also there is another interpretation put forth in the book: "69 AD".

I believe that the lack of "wig detail" on Otho's head is due to this type not having the strong wig features that the other more common Otho type has. The face & other features are in good relief, not having much wear.

Otho 69 AD (January - April)

Otho was the a friend of Nero and declared himself emperor after Galba appointed another person (Piso) to be his sucessor. He was the 1st emperor who attained his position by having his predecessor killed.  He is one of those characters that is quite controversal: having done some evil and some commendable deeds.

When Otho lost the battle of Cremona, he comitted suicide, thus trying to spare Rome from any more Civil War.


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