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Rome, Ca. AD 68-69

Galba Av. aureus, Rome. IMP SER GALBA AVG; bare head right. Rev. SPQR/OB/CS in three lines in oak-wreath. RIC 164; Cohen 286; Sear 2093. 


This extremely rare aureus depicts Servius Sulpicius Galba, one of Rome’s many emperors during the years AD 68-69. Galba was a successful imperial administrator until his troops in Hispania 

Tarraconensis declared him the first Emperor outside of the Julio-Claudian family, a decision then 

ratified by the senate. The reverse inscription type on this coin is a frequent formula of the 1st 

Century AD, it reads “[Awarded by] the senate and the Roman people for saving citizens.”


Galba’s pragmatic yet ruthless administration made him unpopular, and he was killed in a conspiracy ordered by Otho on January 15th, AD 69.


For additional information see: John Melville Jones, J., 1990, Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins. London.


SKU: CAT-021
  • Dimensions 

    D: 20mm ; 7.94g.


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