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Galba, 68-69 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle, struck 68-69 AD, McAlee Plate Coin

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Information: This coin is illustrated in McAlee, Richard. The Coins of Roman Antioch. (Lancaster, PA, 2007).
Origin: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority: Galba
Denomination: AR Tetradrachm
Composition: Silver
Date: circa 68-69 AD (B in reverse legend ='New Holy Year' 2)
Obverse: AYTOKPATωP ΓAΛBAC KAICAP CEBATOC, Bare head of Galba, right
Reverse: ETOYC B, Eagle, left, wreath in beak, standing on two opposed laurel branches; palm, in left field
Size: 27.10mm, 15.2g, 12h
Grade: Choice VF, the finest style, boldly struck, a few light scratches, old cabinet tone
Provenance: McAlee plate coin; from the Michael Prieur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 111 (29 May 2019), Lot 519; Triton II (1 December 1998), Lot 637; Hess-Leu 41 (24 April 1969), Lot 126; Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 212 (June 1961), Lot 24
References: PMcAlee 308 (this coin, illustrated); Prieur 100; RPC I 4198/6 (this coin cited); BMC Galatia -; Butcher -
General: Servius Sulpicius Galba was Roman Emperor from 68-69 AD. Prior to becoming emperor, he served under 3 different emperors, Caligula, Claudius and Nero in a number of important positions, which included praetor, governor of Aquitaine, consul, and commander of the legions of Upper Germany. He ascended to the throne following Nero’s suicide. His rule did not last long and was the first of the Year of Four Emperors. In less than 6 months, his legions and the soldiers of Lower Germany turned against him following Galba (on poor advice) seizing the property of Roman citizen, disbanding the German legions and not paying Praetorians and soldiers.  He was killed by the Praetorians and Otho became emperor.
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