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    Bewigged Emperor

    Otho (AD 69). AR denarius (17mm, 3.48 gm, 6h). NGC Choice VF ★ 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, January 15-March 9  AD 69. IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare, bewigged head of Otho right / VICTORIA OTHONIS, Victory advancing left, holding palm frond and wreath, small globe below. RIC 16. RSC 24. Rare! Full name and portrait.

    Suetonius reports that the 90-day emperor Otho had a peculiar abhorrence for bodily hair and depilated every part of his body, including his head. To cover his baldness, he then wore a carefully made wig. In his coin portraits (including this one) he sports a suspiciously helmet-like head of hair, almost certainly his famous wig.


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