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08 01 Otho RIC I 4
Otho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Neros reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galbas naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
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Pedja R  [Sep 09, 2011 at 12:41 PM]
Kained but Able  [Sep 09, 2011 at 02:17 PM]
top portrait and nice nice to have the "Otho" in the legend.
Randygeki(h2)  [Sep 09, 2011 at 04:15 PM]
inded, cool addition!
Joseph D5  [Feb 03, 2012 at 04:05 PM]
very nice indeed.
renegade3220  [Feb 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM]
Lucas, one nice Otho isnt enough? I see the plan. Corner the market, huh? Congratz on another fine example.
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