Nomos AG > Auction 25Auction date: 20 November 2022
Lot number: 283

Price realized: 32,000 CHF   (Approx. 33,511 USD / 32,442 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Galba, 68-69. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.34 g, 6 h), Rome. IMP SER GALBA AVG Bare head of Galba to right. Rev. S P Q R / OB C S in two lines within oak wreath. BMC 29. BN 73. Cohen 286. Calicó 509. Mazzini 286 (this coin). RIC 164. Well centered, and with a powerful portrait of Galba. About extremely fine.
From an American collection and that of Jonathan P. Rosen, Ferruccio Bolla, Tkalec, 28 February 2007, 17 and from the collection of G. Mazzini.

Servius Sulpicius Galba came from a high-ranking family and considerable wealth; he was well regarded by Augustus and Tiberius and was favored by Livia. He was consul in 33 and held military commands in Gaul, Germany, Africa and Spain; under Nero he came out of retirement to govern Hispania Tarraconensis. In 68 he rose against Nero and was ultimately successful, becoming emperor in June. While he seemed to have all the old-fashioned Roman virtues, he soon became widely unpopular because of the harsh measures he took to restore the state and the influence his equally unpopular favorites had over his policies. As a result the legions in Germany revolted under Vitellius and, at approximately the same time, M. Salvius Otho was chosen emperor by the Praetorians; Galba was murdered by soldiers on 15 January 69. The most damning description of him was given by Tacitus: "omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset"/"everyone thought him capable of ruling the empire until he did".

Estimate: 28000 CHF