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ID:     24-39
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Galba
Date Ruled:     A.D. 68-69
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Aureus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD April-December 68
Weight:     7.80 g
Obverse Legend:     SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG P M TR P
Obverse Description:     Laureate head right
Reverse Legend:     S P Q R / OB / C S
Reverse Description:     S P Q R / OB / C S in oak wreath
Mint:     Spanish mint (Tarraco?)
Primary Reference:     RIC 061
Reference2:     BMC 191
Reference3:     C -, (cf. C 288 (denarius))
Reference4:     CBN 32; Vagi 801; Calic√≥ 510 (this coin illustrated)
Photograph Credit:     Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG
Source:     http://www.arsclassicacoins.com/
Price Sold For:     34000 Swiss Franc
Date Sold:     12/05/2002
Grade:     EF
Notes:     NAC Auction 24, Lot 39 Very rare. An appealing and unusually good Spanish portrait struck in high relief, extremely fine Ex Triton sale III, 1999, 1017. With Galba, the numismatist is presented with a variety of portrait styles because he minted in several locations -Spain, Gaul, Rome and briefly in North Africa after the fall of Clodius Macer - each of which had a distinctive local style. (A comparison in the style of this Spanish mint aureus can be made with lot 41, a product of Rome with the same reverse type.) The Spanish mint at which Galba produced his main coinage is thought to be Tarraco, his old capital city. The locals were all too familiar with what Suetonius (Galba 12.1) tells us were Galba's two prominent characteristics: cruelty and greed. As an example, Suetonius reports that when the people of Tarraco gave him a golden crown from the ancient temple of Jupiter described as weighing 15 pounds, Galba demanded of them three more ounces of gold, for upon melting the crown fell short of its advertised weight by precisely that amount