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Galba RIC 0236
GALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius (3.38 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69.
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.

This denarius is quite rare. One aspect that makes it rare is the addition of "PM" in the obverse legend. Their are other examples similar coins without the "PM" that are somewhat more available than this one.

I was attracted to 2 aspects of this denarius. First was the portrait. Portraits of Galba vary widely across his denarii, but this one is quite unusual. It does not look like the portraits on most of his denarii. The other aspect that attracted me to this coin was the use of Virtus on the reverse. According to one expert, Virtus is female, so the figure on the reverse is the nude emperor Galba himself taking on the attributes of Virtus. Apparently, nude representations of the emperor are unusual on imperial coins.

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ickster  [Aug 16, 2017 at 07:25 PM]
Nice portrait!
Jay GT4  [Aug 16, 2017 at 07:46 PM]
Great coin
Canaan  [Aug 17, 2017 at 04:40 AM]
Congrats Orfew it is a beauty!
David Atherton  [Aug 18, 2017 at 09:34 PM]
imperator  [Aug 19, 2017 at 03:55 AM]
i dont understand rarity so high not one star/ 5 stars for me