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Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
Aurei of Otho are likely the hardest to get in the "12 Caesars" gold series. If you are building a 12 Caesars set and this coin is not quite up to your standard, please keep in mind that when you replace it you can return it to Forum for the full purchase price, less a $10 restocking fee, in store credit. This can be a low cost hole filler.
The Victory reverse anticipated victory in the war with Vitellius. But after a minor defeat, Otho committed suicide. This was perhaps the only noble act of his life - he preferred to die rather than see more bloodshed in civil war.
SH37554. Gold aureus
, RIC I
13 (R3), BnF III
18, Cohen I
26, SRCV I
2153, Hunter I
-, F, ex-jewelry, polished, holed and plugged, tooled
7.013g, maximum diameter
20.0mm, die axis
, Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
, bare head
right; reverse VICTORIA OTHONIS
advancing right, wreath
in right hand, palm
frond over shoulder in left; very rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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