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. On the field
S. C. First brass
. THe emperor stands, with the chief of the Praetorian guards, on a raised platform, and harangues the Cohorts, who are generally represented by their standard
bearer. In another Allocution, given by Havercamp, (Mus. Christinae)
, of the same Emperor, the cavalry of the guards are represented by a horse, the head
of which is seen amongst the foot soldiers.
This coin (struck A. D. 68) is, by most numismatic antiquaries, thought to designate the occasion of Galba's speech to his legionaries in Spain, when he first revolted from Nero
Besides these reverses, in which the legend
itself identifies the type
with the occasion of an Emperor's speech to his troops, there are some splendid example of Allocutional representations on brass medallions, such as the FIDES EXERCITVS
, and the FIDEI MILITVM of Sept. Severus - See the former illustrated.
In the foregoing examples the distinctive word ADLOCVTIO
, or ADLOCVT is, for the most part
, inscribed on the exergue
. It can hardly fail to occasion some degree of surprise, that no Allocution should have been recorded on the coins of such eminently warlike and victorious princes of the earlier empire, as Vespasian
, and Trajan
. [The ADLOCVTIO
ascribed to the first named Emperor, engraved
on a brass medallion
, in Numismata Cimelii Vindobonensis
(p. 15), being "nonnihil suspectum.