ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, 68-69 AD, brass sestertius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, 68-69 AD, sestertius, no date (65 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: laureate bust R, SER GALBA CAES AVG TR P, Reverse: Victory holdin wreath, advancing R, SC, brass, 34mm, 23.58g, SR2123 variety, RIC-313, Pegasi called it F, I think nice it has a nice portrait, can’t read SC on rev., VG/G, he wanted $395, I’ll take

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Galba was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis when he joined the rebellion against Nero. He came out on top and was recognized as Augustus by the Senate. He ruled for a year before being assassinated by a faction.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.