Vitellius, AR Denarius, Vesta, 69 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Vitellius
City/Region:
Rome
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
69 AD
Obverse:
A VITELLIVS GE[RM IMP] AVG TR P, head of Vitellius, laureate, right
Reverse:
[PO]NT MAXIM, Vesta, veiled, draped, seated right on throne, holding patera in right hand and sceptre in left
Size:
18.27mm, 3.2g, 6h
Grade:
aVF, obverse slightly off centre, tight flan, high relief portrait, fine style, light cabinet toning
Provenance:
from the Expatriate Collection, ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 387
References:
BMCRE I 34-37; RIC I 107; RSC 72; SRCV I 2200

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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.