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Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria
Gaius Licinius Mucianus (named on this coin) was governor of Syria. When he failed to put down the Jewish revolt, Vespasian was sent to replace him. After the death of Galba, Mucianus and Vespasian both swore allegiance to Otho. Mucianus persuaded Vespasian to take up arms against Vitellius, who had seized the throne. They agreed Vespasian would settle affairs in the East, while Mucianus made would attack Vitellius. On his way to Rome, Mucianus defeated a Dacian invasion of Moesia. Mucianus reached Rome the day after Vitellius' death. Mucianus never wavered in his allegiance to Vespasian and was appointed consul for the third time in 72. As no mention is made of Mucianus during the reigns of Titus or Domitian, he probably died during the reign of Vespasian.
RP85562. Bronze AE 28, McAlee
319 (ex. rare
, same dies), cf. RPC 4316 (not specifying obverse legend
direction), aVF, nice portrait, dark patina
with buff earthen highlighting, spots of light corrosion, obverse legend
mostly weak or off flan
, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
11.757g, maximum diameter
27.9mm, die axis
, 15 Jan 69 - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse
[IMP M OT]-HO - [CAE AVG] (counterclockwise from upper left), head
laureate right, dot in field
EΠI / MOYKIA/NOY AN/TIOXEΩ/N ET ZIP (legate Mucianus, of Antioch, year 117) in five lines within a linear circle
in a laurel wreath
; this variant with a counterclockwise obverse legend is extremely rare
; ex Gemini auction XIII (6 Apr 2017), lot 158, ex Jyrki Muona Collection; $1810.00
Catalog current as of Monday, March 19, 2018.
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