The second-finest known coin from the first emperor in the “Year of the Four Emperors”
The Year of the Four Emperors lasted from early 68 AD to late 69 AD, and Galba was the first emperor during this time of Civil War. Although he had good intentions to restore state finances, the way he went about doing it enraged the populace, and he was assassinated in 69 AD by bribed Praetorian Guards at the request of Otho, who then succeeded him. He was a man of great wealth who was unconnected by birth with any of the Caesars. He was prophesied as early as the time of Augustus to be a man of future eminence in the Empire. He issued coins prolifically during his brief 7-month tenure.
You can find his low-grade silver denarii with only mild difficulty, but collectors know that high-grade examples are extremely tough to find, and this piece is at the top of that list! The obverse has the laureate head of Galba facing right, while the reverse has Livia standing to left.
There is only one finer in the world; as such, this is a world-class rarity of utmost importance.
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