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    Splendid Vitellius Denarius

    Vitellius (AD 69). AR denarius (18mm, 3.40 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 3/5. Rome, late April-December AD 69. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate  head of Vitellius right /  XV VIR  SACR FAC, sacrificial tripod topped by dolphin, raven standing right  below. RIC 109. BMCRE 39. RSC 111. Splendid portrait of this briefly reigning gourmand. Faint brush marks in fields, otherwise a superb piece, perfectly struck in high relief, with flashy multi-hued iridescence.

    After seizing the throne in a brief, brutal civil war in March-April AD 69, Aulus Vitellius treated his elevation as an excuse for one long banquet, reportedly spending the equivalent of $2 billion on delicacies. His bloated official portrait, faithfully reproduced on his coins, confirmed his immense appetites. But while he indulged himself, the civil war renewed when the armies of the East proclaimed the general Vespasian as emperor.


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