, 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 crack, 3.208 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 180o, Rome 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 ; $10000.00 (€8800.00)
This with this arrangement is apparently unpublished. The normal arrangement is A VITELLLIVS IMP upward on left and downward on right. Another variation has this break but the ends with GERMAN. The arrangement on this coin does not leave enough room for either the final S or the globe at the point of the and they appear to be merged. This variation is likely an engraving error for one or the other normal types.RS72989. Silver , 6 (R) var. (obv. break), 26a, 85 var. (same), 8 var (GERMAN), 53 var. (same), 2190 var (same), VF, , porous, a few marks, insignificant cracks, 3.325 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 180o, mint, c. Jan - Jul 69 A.D.; A - IMP , laureate left, small globe at point of ; CONSENSVS EXERCITVVM, advancing left, nude but for crested helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, spear in right, with in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, an unpublished variant of a , this is the only example known to ; $1200.00 (€1056.00)
In July 69, learned that the armies of the eastern provinces had proclaimed their commander, , as emperor. , aware that he would be defeated, negotiated terms of resignation, but the praetorians refused to allow him to carry out the agreement, and forced him to return to the palace. When Vespasian's troops entered Rome he was dragged out of a lodge where he was hiding, taken to the fatal Gemonian stairs, and executed. His body was thrown into the according to Suetonius; Cassius Dio's account is that was beheaded and his paraded around Rome, and his wife attended to his burial. "Yet I was once your emperor," were his last words. His brother and son were also killed.SH72950. Silver , 107 (S), 72, 34, 71, 17, 2200, gVF/VF, bold portrait, nice , a few minor marks, 3.055 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 180o, Rome mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; , seated right on throne with back, veiled, draped, in right hand, long in left hand vertical on left (far) side; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Baldwin & Sons (2009); ; $800.00 (€704.00)
RS72966. Silver , Unpublished; cf. 64 ( ), F, centered on , porous, extensive but mostly light corrosion, 2.969 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 180o, Gaul, mint, Mar - July 69 A.D.; A GER TR P, laureate right, globe at point of ; CONSENSVS EXERCITVVM, advancing left, nude but for crested helmet and cloak tied in belt flying behind, spear in right, with in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; extremely , this is the only example known to and to experts consulted, unique(?), these legends and types known only as an (RIC 64); $500.00 (€440.00)
This coin is M13 in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of to the Reform of by Kevin and Matthew Pointing. Testing established this coin was minted to the first Neronian , at 78.6% silver. There is a very tiny hole drilled in the edge where the sample was taken.SH72993. Silver , M13 (this coin), 105 (R), 47, 31, 67, 11, 2198 var. (no AVG, May - Jul), F, , tiny sample hole on the edge, 3.093 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 135o, Rome mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; (Liberty ), standing facing, right, in extended right hand, long rod vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ; $500.00 (€440.00)
Ansley Coale, who did a die-study of Vitellian coins c. 1970, wrote to us, "This was likely struck pre-May 69 while was on his way to Rome, using one of several reverses issued anonymously during the civil war in 68 by and/or . If I remember, the British Museum had no copy. It's pretty . A version with a different portrait was issued in Spain."RS72995. Silver ON RESERVE
, cf. 60 (R), 90, 122, -, -, -, aVF, , off center, 3.196 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 180o, uncertain Gallic mint, c. Jan - May 69 A.D.; A IMP GERMAN, laureate right; (VM , supporting the citizens), seated left on throne, draped and veiled, in right, torch in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ex auction 143 (6 Oct 2008), lot 509; very ; $403.00 (€354.64)
Suetonius wrote of Vitellius' physical description, "He was in fact abnormally tall, with a usually flushed from hard drinking, a huge belly, and one thigh crippled from being struck once time by a four-horse chariot, when he was in attendance on Gaius as he was driving..."SH75001. Silver , 107 (S), 72, 34, 71, 17, 2200, F, dark cabinet , 2.557 g, maximum 18.1 mm, 180o, Rome mint, Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; , seated right on throne, veiled and draped, in right, in left; ; $270.00 (€237.60)
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