, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
Vitellius' children, portrayed on this , thought to have been named and , were born to his second wife, Galeria Fundana. When was made emperor by the senate, his son, who was about six years old, was sent to to meet him upon his arrival from Germany. The boy may have perished with his father, others say he was executed in 70, on orders of the praetorian prefect Licinius Mucianus. arranged an excellent marriage for Vitellius' daughter and provided her with a wedding gown and dowry. had another son, Petronianus, by his first wife. He died long before became emperor. It was widely believed that had poisoned him.SH77008. Silver
, 103, 2, 29, 62, -, -, attractive gVF, , old cabinet , as usual for the , light marks and scratches, closed , 3.208 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 180o, mint, late Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A IMP TR P, laureate right; IMP GERMAN, draped busts of Vitellius' son (on left) and daughter (thought to have been named and ); from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very ; SOLD
, depicted on the of this coin, was father of the emperor , a Roman senator, three times consul, and governor of from 35 to 39 A.D. In 36 A.D. fired , the infamous prefect of . A Samaritan, claiming to be Moses reincarnate, gathered an armed following. Pilate dispersed the crowd by killing some and taking many prisoners. After he executed the ringleaders, the Samaritans appealed to , complaining that Pilate's response was excessive. , agreed, sent Pilate back to Italy and appointed Marcellus. In support of and , invented arguments why the old rule that an uncle and his niece should not marry did not apply to the emperor. The new empress returned the favor. When was accused of high treason by the senator Junius , she made sure that exiled the accuser. died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman , with the "Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor." His unwavering loyalty was later criticized by :
"The man, I am aware, had a bad name at , and many a foul story was told of him. But in the government of provinces he acted with the virtue of ancient times. He returned and then, through fear of and intimacy with , degenerated into a servility so base that he is regarded by an after-generation as the of the most degrading adulation. The beginning of his career was forgotten in its end, and an old age of infamy effaced the virtues of youth." [ , Annals, 6.32; tr. A.J. and W.J. Brodribb]SH65988. Gold
, 94, 23, 54, 565, 54 var. (branch in right hand), F, 7.029 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 180o, mint, Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; L , (emperor's father) togate, seated left on curule chair, extending right, in left eagle-tipped , feet on stool; very ( ); SOLD
High relief portrait and nice . Some of the best Roman engravers worked at the Mint from the late reign of to the early reign of . Apparently their ranks were thinned by the Civil Wars of 69 A.D., because the bronze coinage of is, by comparison, pedestrian in .SH37568.
, 2213, 162, 15, 65, 116, gVF, 13.643 g, maximum 28.7 mm, 180o, mint, 69 A.D.; A GERMA , laureate and draped right; AVGVSTI (to the harmony of the Emperor), seated left holding and , lit garlanded before, S C in ; ; SOLD
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