Vitellius and his Children 69 AD Denarius

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Obverse: A. VITELLIVS GERMAN. IMP. AVG. TR. P., Laureated bust of Aulus Vitellius right
Reverse: LIBERI IMP GERMAN, confronted busts of Vitellius’ son & daughter. (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus, the Younger, and a daughter, Vitellia)

Vitellius (Aulus), the son of Lucius Vitellius was born in A.D. 15 and passed his early life at Capri with Tiberius, and was a favorite with Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. He was elected Consul in A.D. 48 and was Proconsul of Africa for a year. In A.D. 68 he was sent by Galba to Germany, and soon after, revolting against him was proclaimed Emperor by the soldiers. Otho had in the meantime been elected Emperor at Rome but was defeated by Vitellius in A.D. 69 at Bedriacum. He did not, however, long enjoy the supreme power, for his gluttony and prodigality were so disgraceful that Vespasian who was in command of the war against the Jews, was persuaded to allow himself to be elected Emperor. Thus after a reign of about eight months, Vitellius was captured at Rome by the soldiers of Vespasian and ignominiously killed at the Gemoniae Scalae.  His brother Lucius and his son were also killed.

Diameter: 19 mm
Material: Silver plated lead-free pewter
Made in the USA

Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.

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