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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Vitellius| > RS91559
Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
The reverse inscription abbreviates Senatus Populusque Romanus Ob Cives Servatos, meaning "[Awarded by] the senate and the Roman people for saving citizens." The wreath on the reverse is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex senatus consulto (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for Roman emperors to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with Augustus, who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
RS91559. Silver denarius, RIC I 83 (S), BMCRE I 15; RSC II 86, BnF III 45, Hunter I 6, SRCV I 2199, F/aF, attractive portrait, toned, bumps and scratches, Rome mint, weight 2.667g, maximum diameter 18.1mm, die axis 180o, May - Jul 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP TR P, laureate head right; reverse S P Q R / OB / C S in three lines within the Corona Civica, an oak wreath awarded "for saving the lives of citizens"; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare; SOLD











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