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Vitellius Aureus | NGC XF Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5


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Spanish Mint rv. Victory on Globe

Roman Empire. Vitellius (Apr.– Dec. 69 AD) Gold – Aureus

NGC XF Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5 – NGC Census: 9 / 9  finer (52 total graded)!

The Drunken Glutton Who Lost His Head. 

Vitellius served for eight months as the third Emperor of the “Year of the Four Emperors.” His rise from politician and army commander to Emperor was swift, undoubtedly due to the rash and unstable state of Rome in civil war. Known as an extravagant glutton, under his rule Rome became the bizarre scene of excessive violence in the streets and lavish feasts at night. While in the act of submitting his resignation as Emperor, he was murdered by Vespasian’s troops and his head was paraded around Rome. His last words were “Yet I was once your Emperor.” 

Vitellius managed to produce a sizable coinage in a short period. Additionally, he resumed the striking of bronze coins. Though these bronzes can be occasionally found in heavily circulated grade, his gold coins are extremely difficult to find in problem-free grades above Very Fine. 

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12 Caesars, Roman Empire


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