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ID:     783707
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Galba
Date Ruled:     A.D. 68-69
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD circa April-June,
Diameter:     18 mm
Weight:     3.67 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     SER GALBA IMPERATOR
Obverse Description:     Laureate head right
Reverse Legend:     VICTORIA P R
Reverse Description:     Victory standing facing, head left, on globe, holding wreath in extended right hand, cradling palm frond in left arm
Mint:     Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?)
Primary Reference:     RIC 111
Reference2:     RSC 322
Reference3:     BMCRE 227
Reference4:     cf. BN 53/61 (for same obv./rev. type)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=99752
Grade:     FDC, Very rare
Notes:     Exceptional. This magnificent and extremely rare denarius is from a small group of coins struck in Gaul after Galba's salutation as imperator on 2 April AD 68. As later issues from the same mint have his title augustus and follow the development of his titulature in Rome, it is likely that this particular coin is from an issue prior to his official assumption of the title in mid-June AD 68.In contrast to his Spanish mints, coinage from this Gallic mint exhibit a larger, more refined bust with wonderful personalized features. The die engravers here certainly had a superior model for their portrait than was available in Spain. The reverse types correspond to those used in Galba's Spanish mints, continuing the propaganda of his spreading, successful revolt against the hated Nero. Here, the time-honored type of Victory is presented in the hope of a successful conclusion to this endeavor on behalf of the Roman populace.