VITELLIUS
17 Apr - 20 Dec AD 69

AR Denarius. 3.14g, 18.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 69
REF: RIC 75; Cohen 44; BMC 8
OBVERSE: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP TR P, laureate head right.
REVERSE: IVPPITER VICTOR, Jupiter seated to left, holding Victory in his right hand and scepter with his left.

 

Grade/Notes:

Fine. Lightly toned. Less common reverse type for Vitellius.

 

Historical Note:

Vitellius was the third of the short-lived rulers who occupied the throne during the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69).  He was governor of Germania when two legions rebelled against Galba and proclaimed Vitellius emperor.  The historian Suetonius describes him as tall and obese, gluttonous and cruel, "stained by every sort of baseness".  In the eighth month of his reign, the legions of Pannonia and Moesia, and the eastern provinces revolted against Vitellius and declared the general Vespasian emperor.  In fear for his life, Vitellius pledged to give up the throne, but when Vespasian's armies entered Rome, they dragged the emperor from the palace to the Gemonian Stairs, where he was mocked and tortured for a long time before being killed.

VITELLIUS . AD 69 . AR Denarius . Jupiter seated . Scarce

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