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GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Rome (nov.68-jan.69)

weight 3,28gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate and draped bust of Galba right,
surrounded by the legend; IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG
rev. Livia, draped, standing left, holding patera in right 
and sceptre in left,  DIVA to left, AVGVSTA to right

Livia was the wife of Augustus, mother of Tiberius, paternal grandmother of Claudius, paternal great-grandmother of Caligula, and maternal great-great-grandmother of Nero. Livia and Augustus remained married for 51 years. They had no children. Livia always enjoyed the status of privileged counselor to her husband, petitioning him on the behalf of others and influencing his policies, an unusual role for a Roman wife. Living very simply and frugally, Livia set an example of Roman virtue which made her quite popular with the people. According to some ancient historians, however, Livia poisoned Augustus′ potential heirs and then Augustus himself to make her son emperor. When he was emperor, Tiberius and Livia had a falling out. On her death in 29 AD, he did not see fit to have her consecrated. When Claudius came to power, he argued that every god needed a consort (referring to the deified Augustus). The Senate accepted this logic, and she was declared a goddess.

Cohen 55 ; RIC 189 ; BMC 6 ; Sear 2102var.  R
Very attractive coin with wonderful portrait.
vf/xf à vf+

1.250,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Tarraco (april-june 68)

weight 3,37gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Galba on horseback galloping left, his right hand extended
and trailing behind him, above GALBA IMP
rev. Draped buste of Hispania right, two spears and shield
behind and below, two corn-ears before, HISPANIA in front

This cointype with Galba on horseback left and with HISPANIA written
downwards seems to be unpublished. It is a combination of the obverse die
of RIC 3 with the reverse die of RIC 1. Possibly unique and of the highest rarity.

Cohen- (cf.77) ; RIC- (cf.1 & 3) ; BMC- (cf.162) RRRR
about vf

3.850,00 



GALBA, 3 april 68 - 15 januari 69 - AE As, Rome (Sept. - Dec.68)

weight 10,29gr. ; copper Ø 29mm.

obv. Head of Galba, laureate, right; globe at point of neck,
surrounded by the legend; SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG T PP
rev. Pax standing left, holding olive-branch in right hand and scepter
in left, PAX to left, AVGVSTA to right, S - C across field

Although the globe at the point of the emperor′s head is not usual for the mint of Rome, for this coin it is the most likely mint. But also Lugdunum can not completely excluded as the possible mint for this coin. Not published in BMC and RIC. Extremely rare.

Cohen 146 ; BMC- ; RIC- RRR
Very attractive portrait. Brown patina.
vf/xf à vf

1.850,00 



GALBA, 3 april 68 - 15 januari 69 - AE As, Tarraco (Sept. - Dec.68)

weight 9,35gr. ; copper Ø 29mm.

obv. Laureate head left, small globe at the point of the truncation
SER GALBA IMP AVGVSTVS
rev. Triumphal arch surmounted by two equestrian statues left
QVADRAGEN REMISSAE S C

There are asses known with this legend, but not with this reverse.
Unpublished and probably UNIQUE.

Cohen - (cf.165-166) ; RIC- (cf.79) ; BMC- (cf.205) ; Sear- (cf.2136) RRRR
f+ à f/vf

1.650,00 



GALBA, 3 April 68 - 15 januari 69 - AE Sestertius, Rome (october 68)

weight 23,51gr. ; bronze Ø 33mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TR P
rev. Helmeted Roma standing left, holding Victory and spear  ROMA S C

Cohen- (cf.189) ; RIC (cf.358) ; BMC 81 RR
some tooling, otherwise attractive and are coin with dark patina and good portrait
about vf

1.195,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Rome (Juli 68 - January 69)

weight 3,25gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Head of Galba, bare, right, surrounded by the legend;
IMP SER GALBA IMP AVG
rev. SPQR / OB / S C in oak-wreath

Cohen 287 ; RIC 167 ; cf. BMC 34 ; Sear 2109 R
Very powerful portrait. Rare.
vf-/vf

850,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Quinarius, Lugdunum (nov.-jan.68)

weight 1,59gr. ; silver Ø 14mm.

obv. Laureate head of Galba right
SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG PM T P
rev. Victoria standing right on globe, holding wreath and palm
VICTORIA GALBAE AVG

This remarkable revival of the half-denarius, the first issue of the denomination since early in the principate of Augustus (25-23 BC), anticipates the resumption of limited production of the silver quinarius under the Flavian emperors. Rare.

Cohen 317 ; RIC 132 ; BMC 244 ; Sear 2112 R
Attractive example of this rare coin type.
vf/vf-

860,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Narbo (April - June 68)

weight 3,21gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate, cuirassed and draped bust of Galba right,
around the tekst; SER GALBA IMPERATOR
rev. Victory standing facing, head left, on globe, holding wreath in
extended right hand, cradling palm frond in left arm,
VICTORIA on left,  P • R on lower right
(Victoria Populi Romani = Victory of the Roman People)

This very rare denarius is from a small group of coins struck in Narbo mint in Gaul after Galba′s salutation as imperator on 2 April 68 AD. As later issues from the same mint have his title augustus and follow the development of his titulature in Rome, it is likely that this particular coin is from an issue prior to his official assumption of the title in mid-June AD 68.

In contrast to his Spanish mints, coinage from this Gallic mint exhibit a larger, more refined bust with wonderful personalized features. The die engravers here certainly had a superior model for their portrait than was available in Spain. The reverse types correspond to those used in Galba′s Spanish mints, continuing the propaganda of his spreading, successful revolt against the hated Nero. Here, the time-honored type of Victory is presented in the hope of a successful conclusion to this endeavor on behalf of the Roman populace.

Cohen - (cf. 322) ; RIC 112 ; BMC - (cf. 227bis) ; Sear - (cf. 2110) RR
vf-

1.350,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Rome (October - November 68)

weight 3,19gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate and draped bust of Galba right,
around the text; IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG
rev. Victory advancing left on globe, holding wreath in
extended right hand, cradling palm frond in left arm,
VICTORIA on left,  P R on lower right
(Victoria Populi Romani = Victory of the Roman People)

Cohen 328 ; RIC 217 ; BMC 49 ; Sear 2110  R
Attractive coin with good portrait and nice toning.
vf

895,00 



GALBA, 68-69 - AR Denarius, Rome (juli 68-jan.69)

weight 3,44gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head of Galba right
IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG P M
rev.Naked Virtus standing facing, holding spear en parazonium
VIR - TVS across field

Cohen 343 ; RIC 236 ; BMC page 316 ; Sear- RR
Wonderful powerful portrait of Galba.
xf-/vf

1.450,00 



OTHO, 15 Januari - 17 April 69 - AR Denarius, Rome (January - February 69)

weight 3,20gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Draped bust of Otho, bare, with wig right, around the text;
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
rev. Pax, draped, standing left, holding branch in right hand and
caduceus in left, around the text; PAX ORBIS TERRARVM

The legend on this coin, struck during te Civil War, is very political and means
"peace in the whole world".

In general a draped bust for Otho is very unusual. This denarius type is only known with bare head right with rarely only a light drapery over the left shoulder, but not with full drapery like on this specimen. It is not published in the relevant reference literature. Extremely rare.

Cohen - (cf. 3) ; RIC - (cf.4) ; BMC- (cf. 3) ; Sear- (cf. 2156) RRR
f/vf

1.350,00 



OTHO, 15 Januari - 17 April 69 - AR Denarius, Rome (February - March 69)

weight 3,31gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Bare head of Otho with wig right,
around the tekst; IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
rev. Securitas, draped, standing left, holding wreath in right hand and sceptre in left,
around the tekst; SECVRITAS P R

Denarii of Otho are usually very worn and hard to find in a high grade condition.
This coin is in an exceptional high state of preservation, with excellent details.

Cohen 17 ; RIC 8 (R2) ; BMC 18 ; Sear 2163var. RR
(cf. NAC, Auction 62, no. 2016 in xf :; CHF 14.000 + 17.5%)
xf

6.850,00 



OTHO, 15 Januari - 17 April 69 - AR Denarius, Rome (February - March 69)

weight 3,29gr. ; silver Ø 17mm.

obv. Bare head of Otho with wig right,
around the tekst; IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
(translation: Imperator Marcus Otho Caesar Augustur Tribunicia Potestas = 
Supreme commander (Imperator) Marcus Otho, Caesar and emperor (Augustus), tribunician power.)

rev. Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left,
around the tekst; VICTORIA OTHONIS (translation: Victory of Otho)

This type is best interpreted as being in anticipation of the defeat
of Otho′s rival for the imperial throne, Aulus Vitellius. Very rare.

Cohen 27 ; RIC 14 (R3) ; BMC 22 ; Sear 2164 RR
vf

1.350,00 



VITELLIUS, 2 jan.-20 dec.69 - AR Denarius, Rome (69)

weight 3,40gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right  A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P
Concordia seeted left, holding patera and corncopiae  CONCORDIA P R

Cohen 18 ; RIC 90 ; BMC 20 R
Wonderful portrait with fine details.
xf-/vf

1.250,00 



VITELLIUS, 2 jan.-20 dec.69 - AE As, Tarraco (Januari-June 69)

weight 9,42gr. ; copper  Ø 27mm.

obv. Laureate head of Vitellius left; globe at point of neck
A VITELLIVS IMP GERMAN
rev. Victory, draped, advancing left, holding shield inscribed S P Q R in right hand
VICTORIA AVGVST, S - C across field

Cohen 103 ; RIC 46 ; BMC 390, 107 ; Sear 2219  R
Attractive dark patina. Rare.
vf

675,00 



VITELLIUS, 2 jan.-20 dec.69 - AR Denarius, Rome (july - december 69)

weight 3,10gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.

obv. Laureate head right, surrounded by the legend;
A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P
rev. Victoria seated left, holding patera and palm

Sear 2202 ; Cohen 117 ; RIC 110 ; BMC 41 R
very nice coin, with a good detailed portrait 
vf-xf/vf

1.350,00 



VITELLIUS & HIS CHILDREN - AR Denarius. Rome (July - December 69)

weight 3,07gr. ; silver Ø 17mm.

obv. Laureate head of Vitellius right, around the text;
A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P
rev. Confronted bare-headed busts of Vitellius′ son and daughter,
around the text; LIBERI IMP GERM AVG

The young son and daughter of Vitellius and Galeria Fundana are depicted on several issues of aurei and denarii from the mint of Rome. During the reign of Otho the children remained in the capital and were treated with respect by Vitellius′ rival for imperial power. The young Vitellius is reported to have suffered from a serious speech impediment. Following the Vitellian victory at Bedriacum he joined his father at Lugdunum, the whole army being ordered to march out to meet him. On this occasion Vitellius, holding the youngster in his arms wrapped in a general′s cloak, bestowed on him the cognomen Germanicus. Soon after the downfall and death of Vitellius the unfortunate boy was executed on the orders of Vespasianus′ general Caius Licinius Mucianus (early 70 AD). His sister Vitellia was spared and was even given a dowry by Vespasianus.

provenance; found in the Netherlands with a metaldetector in the village of Wely.

Cohen 4 ; RIC 101 ; BMC 28  RR
some minor scratches
vf- à f/vf

1.550,00 





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