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Denarius of Vitellius

Silver denarius, 18mm, 3.19gm, issued AD 69. Rome mint.

Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TRP, Laureate head facing right.

Rev: PONT MAXIM, Veiled Vesta seated right holding patera and sceptre.

References: Sear 2200, RIC 20, RSC 72.


Aulus Vitellius was governor of Germany. After Galba was murdered in 69, the German legions proclaimed their commander Caesar and marched on Rome. Although they defeated Otho, Galba's 'successor', the Eastern legions had proclaimed Vespasian emperor. Vitellius was only emperor for months before Vespasian's forces defeated him.

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