Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIIAuction date: 9 January 2024
Lot number: 707

Price realized: 2,750 USD   (Approx. 2,519 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

Galba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.42 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck circa July AD 68-January AD 69. IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG, laureate and draped bust right / DIVA AVGVSTA, Livia, draped, standing left, holding patera in right hand and long scepter in left. RIC I 189; RSC 55a. Toned with some light golden hues and iridescence, hairlines. Near EF. Nicely centered with a wonderful bust of Galba.

Ex Pecunem 9 (Gitbud & Naumann, 3 November 2013), lot 440.

He (i.e., Galba) showed marked respect to Livia Augusta, to whose favor he owed great influence during her lifetime and by whose last will he almost became a rich man; for he had the largest bequest among her legatees, one of fifty million sesterces. But because the sum was designated in figures and not written out in words, Tiberius, who was her heir, reduced the bequest to five hundred thousand, and Galba never received even that. (Suetonius 5.2)

The line of the Julio-Claudian emperors had died out with Nero, but the new emperor Galba still wished to demonstrate continuity with the dynasty that had ruled for the last century, via his close friendship with Livia.

Estimate: 1500 USD