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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > The Twelve Caesars > Otho > SH28061
Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
Otho first appears as one of the most reckless and extravagant of the young nobles who surrounded Nero. This friendship was brought to an end in 58 A.D. At her insistence, Otho introduced his beautiful wife, Poppaea Sabina, to the Emperor. Poppaea soon became Nero's mistress, divorced Otho, and had Nero send Otho away as governor to the remote province of Lusitania. Otho remained in Lusitania for the next ten years, administering the province with a moderation unusual at the time. When in 68 A.D. his neighbor, the future Emperor Galba, the governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, rose in revolt against Nero, Otho accompanied him to Rome. Resentment toward Nero may have impelled him to this course, but he was soon inspired by personal ambition.
SH28061. Silver denarius, RIC I 8 (R2), RSC II 17, BMCRE I 18, BnF III 10, SRCV I 2162, gVF/F, exceptional portrait, Rome mint, weight 2.963g, maximum diameter 18.0mm, die axis 180o, Feb-Mar 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse SECVRITAS P R (security of the people of Rome), Securitas standing slightly left, head left, wreath in right hand, long scepter in left hand; rare; SOLD











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