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ID number: BIRBI-R1005
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Vitellius (69)
Title / Object name / Definition: As
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Tarraco
Date made: 69
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 12.01 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Vitellius
Reverse: Clasped hands. Vitellius overthrew Otho to become the third of the four emperors to reign in AD 69. This coin has heavy emphasis on Vitellius as commander of the legions, not only is there the inscription on the reverse, but the only title on the obverse is Imperator, the commander of an army. Unfortunately for Vitellius proclaiming the loyalty of the army on his coins was not enough to make it true; he was killed by Vespasian commander of the legions based in Judaea, who became the fourth emperor to rule in AD 69.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: AVITELLIVS IMPGERMAN (Aulus Vitellius Imperator Germanicus, Commander of the German Legions)
Reverse: FIDES EXERCITVVM (Loyalty of the Army) S C (by permission of the Senate)
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