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    Otho (AD 69). AR denarius (3.42 gm). Rome, January-April AD 69. IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head of Otho right / SECVRI-TAS P R, Securitas standing facing, head left, holding wreath and scepter. RIC 10. BMC 19. RSC 15. Excellent portrait. Attractive old collection toning. Choice very fine.

    Otho ruled as emperor for three months during the infamous Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69). Appealing to the popular memory of the dead Nero, Otho overthrew the military usurper, Galba, but then faced the rival claims of Vitellius, who had been named emperor by the German legions. His coinage in silver and gold (no bronzes were struck at Rome during his reign, although there was some output at provincial mints) stresses the themes of security, unity and harmony, although his brief 90-day reign enjoyed none of these things. Otho marched against Vitellius before he had received the full complement of troops from the Dalmatian, Pannonian, and Moesian legions that supported him, and when he met the forces of Vitellius at Bedriacum, he was defeated. In the ensuing panic following the battle, he committed suicide. His last words were reportedly, "It is far more just to perish one for all, than many for one."

    From The W.B. and R. E. Montgomery Collection.


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    January, 2011
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