VITELLIVS

Reigned: 69 A.D.

 

AVLVS VITELLIVS was born in 15 AD to Sextilia and Lucius Vitellius, a favorite of Claudius. Vitellius served as consul in 48, and was proconsul of Africa from 61-63. In 68 Galba appointed him as Governor of Germania Inferior. The Rhine legions chose Vitellius to replace the unpopular Galba, but Otho had already deposed Galba in a coup in January of 69. Vitellius' legions marched against Otho, and on April 16 Otho killed himself. Vitellius' reign was short-lived, as the eastern legions under Vespasian rebelled against him in July. He was killed in Rome on December 20, 69 by the victorious troops of Vespasian.(From MONETA, from www.numus.com)

 

The Denarii


Silver Denarius 16mm (3.22gr) Struck 69 A.D. Rome

Obv:A VITELLIUS GERMANICVS IMP Bare head right

Rev: NO LEGEND Victory draped, seated left, holding patera and palm

RIC 71         Harry Stewart Collection



Silver Denarius 18mm (3.04gr) Struck July-Dec 69 A.D. Rome mint

Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P Vitellius' laureate head right.

Rev: PONT MAXIM Vesta enthroned right, holding patera and scepter.

RIC 107, RSC 72, Sear 2200     Mark Lehman Collection



Silver Denarius 16mm (2.7gr) Struck July-Dec 69 A.D. Rome

Obv: A VITELLIUS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate bust right

Rev: XV VIR SACR FAC Tripod-lebes, with a dolphin above and a raven below

RIC 93, RSC 42     Kevin Ingleston Collection




Silver Denarius 19mm Struck July-Dec 69 A.D. Rome

Obv: A VITELLIUS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate bust right

Rev: XV VIR SACR FAC Tripod-lebes, with a dolphin above and a raven below

RIC 109, RSC 112, Van Meter 21     Ex Harry Stewart Collection



Silver Denarius 17mm (3.41gr) Struck July-Dec 69 A.D. Rome

Obv: A VITELLIUS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate bust right

Rev: XV VIR SACR FAC Tripod-lebes with dolphin lying right on top and raven standing right below

RIC 109, RSC112, Van Meter 21     Brett Telford Collection

 

 

The Asses


Copper As 27mm (11.20gr) Struck Jan-July 69 A.D. Tarraco, Spain

Obv: A VITELLIVS IMP GERMAN Vitellius' laureate head left

Rev: CONSENSVS EXERCITVM S - C Helmeted, naked Mars walking left, holding spear and palladium.

RIC I, 40, SR 2216, VM 29       Mark Lehman Collection