Vitellius / Lucius Vitellius AR Denarius 69 AD

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Obv: A. VITELLIVS GERMAN. IMP. AVG. TR. P., Laureated bust of Aulus Vitellius right
Rev: L. VITELLIVS COS. III CENSOR., Lucius Vitellius seated to left.

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. Elected Consul of Africa in A.D. 48.  In A.D. 68 he was sent by Galba to Germany, and soon after, revolted against him and 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. After a reign of about eight months, Vitellius was captured at Rome by the soldiers of Vespasian and 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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