Galba

68 - 69 A.D.

Another of the short-lived emperors during the Roman civil wars of this period, Galba was the Governor of Spain. Coming from a Senatorial background, he was a likely candidate to succeed Nero from the Senate's point of view and was thus given the title. Galba made his way to Rome where he proceeded to make enemies out of all his former supporters. Most critical among these was his decision to deny the customary donative to the army on his accession. This bit of ill-will towards the hands that fed him precipitated a number of events that would eventually lead to his murder. Otho, another recently disenfrachised governor and former protege of Galba's, gathered an army and set to remove Galba. For his part, Galba reacted to this latest affront by performing another round of purgings within the Praetorian Guard and succeeded only in finding them step aside on Otho's arrival.

Aureus

RIC 2, Cohen 195 Aureus Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR, laureate head right
Rev: ROMA RENASCENS, Roma standing right, holding Victory on globe and transverse spear.


AR Denarius

RIC 41, BMC 234 AR Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR - Laureate head right, with globe at base of the coin
Rev: ROMARENASC - Roma, helmeted and in military attire, advancing right, right hand holding globe and left hand holding transverse spear.


RIC 45, RSC 223 AR Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR, laureate head right, globe below
Rev: ROMAVICTRIX, Roma standing left, right foot on globe, holding laurel-branch and spear.


RIC 26 AR Denarius Obv: GALBAIMP. Head laureate, left; globe at point of bust.
Rev: ROMARENASCENS. Roma, helmeted and in military dress, advancing right, right hand holding Victory on globe, left holding transverse spear.


RIC 145, BMC 21 AR Denarius Obv: SERGALBAAVG. Head, laureate, right.
Rev: No legend Exe: IMP; Gallia, bare-headed and in military dress riding right, right hand raised.


RIC 167, BMC 34 AR Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG, bare head right.
Rev: SPQR/OB/C S in three lines within oak wreath. Lot sold for $396 2/18/02.


RIC 179, BMC 51 AR Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG - Laureate head right
Rev: VIRTVS - Virtus standing front, holding scepter.


RIC 189, RSC 55 AR Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG, laureate head right
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA, Livia standing left, holding patera and vertical sceptre.


RIC 204, RSC 208a AR Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG, laureate and draped bust right
Rev: ROMARENASCES, Roma standing left, holding Victory on a globe in right hand, eagle-tipped sceptre in left.


RIC 209 AR Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG. Head of emperor right, laureate.
Rev: SALVSGENHVMANI. Female figure, draped, standing left, right foot on globe, sacrificing from patera over lighted altar, and holding rudder.


Sestertius

RIC 310, Cohen 131 Sestertius Obv: IMPSERSVLPICGALBACAESAVGTRP, laureate and draped bust right
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA, S C across field, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.


RIC 389, Cohen 110 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP, laureate head left
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA, S C across field, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre