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Roman Civil War, Vitellius, c. 69 A.D.
This coin is M71 in Butcher, K. & M. Pointing, The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of Nero to the Reform of Trajan (Cambridge, 2015). There is a tiny drill hole on the edge where silver was extracted for testing. This was an important coin in the study, with test results indicating 93.9% silver bullion and Gallic isotope ratios strongly suggesting similarity with other Vitellius coins from Gallia, not coins minted for Galba.
RS86684. Silver denarius
M71 (this coin), RIC I
Civil Wars 121, BMCRE I
65, RSC I Galba
363, BnF I
7, EF, toned
, tight flan
, light corrosion, test drill hole on edge, Southern Gaul(?) mint, weight
3.127g, maximum diameter
17.5mm, die axis
, c. 69 A.D.; obverse
above, EXERCITVVM below; reverse
above, PRAETORIANORVM curving along the edge below; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Helios
, auction 4 (Munich
, 14 Oct 2009), lot 270; ex Coll. A. Lynn collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 54 (14 June 2000), lot 1484; ex P. DeVicci collection; rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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