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SOLD: Otho, 69 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle

2,250.00 AUD

Origin:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Authority:
Otho
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
69 AD
Obverse:
YUTOKPATWP MAPKOC OQWN KAICAΡ CEBACTOC, laureate head right
Reverse:
ETOVC A, below eagle standing left on branch with wreath in its beak, palm branch before
Size:
28mm, 14.42g
Grade:
Choice VF
Provenance:
Ex Richard Winokur Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group Inc., eAuction 151, Lot 154
Reference:
Prieur 102; RPC I 4200
A rare silver tetradrachm of Otho from the Antioch mint in Syria. Otho was Roman Emperor for only 3 months! A friend to the infamous Emperor Nero, he found fame as Roman Emperor after overthrowing the Roman Emperor Galba. Like Nero, his life ended in his own hands during the Battle of Bedriacum. Reportedly the reason for his suicide was to spare his country from a civil war. This final act earned him the respect of all Romans.
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