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    Galba. A.D. 68-69. AR denarius, (18 mm, 3.56 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 68. Bare head of Galba right / Legend in three lines within oak-wreath. RIC 167; BMC 34 corr.; RSC 287. XF, light iridescent toning, small area of scratches in field on reverse.

    Servius Sulpicius Galba had served in various capacities under Caligula and Claudius and was virtually retired through most of the reign of Nero until he received command of the province of Hispania Tarraconensis. With Nero's suicide in A.D. 68, Galba assumed the title of Caesar and marched on Rome in October of that year. There he became ensconced as the first emperor of the notorius Year of the Four Emperors (A.D. 69). However, his austere fiscal program, which included a refusal to pay the praetorian guard for their support, resulted in wide unpopularity. In January of A.D. 69, the guard refused to swear loyalty to Galba and supported a bid for power by M. Salvius Otho in his place. During a pitched battle in Rome between the forces of Otho and Galba, the latter was killed. Over one-hundred different individuals claimed to have struck Galba's death blow in attempts to gain the favor of Otho. Their names were placed on a list, which is said to have fallen into the hands of Vitellius after he overthrew Otho. All of Galba's supposed killers were executed.


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    August, 2010
    12th-16th Thursday-Monday
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