Aulus Vitellius was declared emperor by his troops in 69 A.D. After defeating the forces of Otho, he took control of Rome, but then spent more time at the banquet table then in governance. General Vespasian was then declared emperor in Alexandria, and the legions stationed along the Danube frontier marched against Vitellius. His forces were defeated, the emperor slain and his body dragged through the streets of Rome and dumped in the Tiber.
Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
Vitellius was proclaimed emperor by his troops on 2 January, but Otho was still the emperor in Rome until he killed himself on 16 April 69. The mint in Rome probably began to strike coinage in Vitellius' name three days later, when the soldiers in Rome swore their allegience to him and the senate hailed him as emperor. This coin was struck in the next few days or weeks, before the mint knew what Vitellius looked like. Except for the hair, the portrait is of Otho.
SH68891. Silver denarius, RIC I 71, RSC II 121, BMCRE I 4, SRCV I 2202 var (obv leg), aVF, weight 3.342 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 19 April - May 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVSGERMANICVS IMP, bare head right (except for hair, an Otho portrait on this early issue); reverseVictory seated left, patera in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; scarce; $700.00 (€525.00)