A VITELLIVS GE[RM IMP] AVG TR P, head of Vitellius, laureate, right
[PO]NT MAXIM, Vesta, veiled, draped, seated right on throne, holding patera in right hand and sceptre in left
18.27mm, 3.2g, 6h
aVF, obverse slightly off centre, tight flan, high relief portrait, fine style, light cabinet toning
from the Expatriate Collection, ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 387
Rare coin from the short reign of the Roman Emperor Vitellius
Vitellius was emperor for just 8 months. One of four emperors in the Year of the Four Emperors in 69 AD, he was executed by Vespasian's soldiers. The end of his reign marked the the civil war and a new era of peace and prosperity for Rome under Vespasian. The reverse legend "PONT MAXIM"refers to Vitellius being elected Pontifex Maximus on July 18. Vesta is pictured on the verse, reflecting the close connection which existed between the Pontifex Maximus and the worship of Vesta.