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    Vitellius (AD 69). AR denarius (3.49 gm). Rome, June-December AD 69. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head of Vitellius right / CONCOR-DIA P R, Concordia seated left, holding patera and cornucopiae. RIC 90. RSC 18. Well centered and struck on a round flan; attractive dark toning. Extremely fine.

    Ex C. K. Collection (Triton XIV, 4 January 2011).

    As the ultimate loser in the Year of the Four Emperors free-for-all, Aulus Vitellius gets terrible press from historians ancient and modern. In truth, he is less of a villain than a lazy hedonist who was thrust into a role he never sought for himself. Swept into power by civil war, he treated his elevation as an excuse for one long banquet, reportedly spending the equivalent of $2 billion on delicacies from all over the Empire. His enormous appetites are evident from coin portraits such as this one. His obvious unsuitability to rule led to yet another provincial revolt that ultimately led to the fall of his regime only seven months after it began.


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