JANUARY 15th: A NEW EMPEROR

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  1. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Otho was born into a family which had served as a consulate under Augustus. He married Poppea Sabina, but when the emperor Nero took Poppea for his mistress - she later became his wife - Otho was sent from Rome to rule Lusitania in 58 AD. For 10 years he ruled this province with integrity. Then, in 68 AD, Otho joined the rebellion against Nero led by Galba, governor of the neighboring province of Tarraconensis. He had hoped to be named Galba's successor, but when Galba disappointed him by adopting Lucius Piso Licinianus (January 69), Otho prepared to take power. Otho organized a conspiracy among the Praetorian Guard, which assassinated Galba at the Roman Forum. Otho was acclaimed emperor on January 15th.

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    Otho "strike a pose"...

    But before Galba's death, the German legions had declared themselves for Aulus Vitellius, whose troops were already heading for Italy. Acting with speed and determination, Otho sent a naval expedition to Narbonensis (a region in southern Gaul), summoned the Danube legions, and himself marched on March 14. Although substantial forces joined Otho from Illyricum, by early April the Vitellian forces were far stronger. Experienced councelors have advised him to delay, but Otho insisted on action. His army was defeated at Bedriacum, about 22 miles east of Cremona, and Otho killed himself. He only ruled for 3 months...
    On the day of his crowning, please show me your Otho's coins !

    Otho Rome
    RIC 12
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    Otho Antioch Syria
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I can see why she left Otho :hilarious:
     
  4. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    One of my favourites, for portrait & toning:

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    And a fun book (historical novel, well researched with good characters and some humour):
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  5. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    I have the same Otho's as the OP:

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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    OTHO

    and... It is also my Wife’s birthday...


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    Roman Imperial
    Egypt, Alexandria.
    Otho. Jan. - Apr., CE 69.
    Billon AR Tetradrachm, 23mm, 11.9gms;
    Year 1; Egypt-Alexandria.
    Obv.:AVTOK MAΓ OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB; Laureate head right, L A in right field
    Rev: RΩ-MA; Helmeted, cuirassed bust of Roma right.
    Emmett 186
    Ex: @John Anthony
     
  8. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Otho denarius with reverse of Securitas...

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  9. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

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    Otho (69 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΜΑΡΚ ΟΘΩΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ, laureate head right; L A (date) to right.
    R:ΡΩΜΗ, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right, holding shield and spear.
    13.4g
    23mm
    Dattari (Savio) 330; K&G 18.9; RPC I 5362; Emmett 186.1

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    Otho (69 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate head right, LA (year 1) lower right.
    R: EΛEY-ΘEPIA, Eleutheria (Liberty) standing left, wreath in extended right hand, scepter in left hand, leaning with left elbow on column, simpulum (ladle used for tasting and pouring sacrificial libations) left in lower left field.
    12.58g
    24.4mm
    Milne 359; RPC I 5354 (5 spec.); Dattari 327; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 208; Curtis 238; Kampmann 18.6; Emmett 184

    Ex. Jyrki Muona Collection

    This variety with a simpulum on the reverse is much rarer than the same type without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the simpulum and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in Cologne, Paris, and Milan, and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).


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  10. svessien

    svessien Senior Member Supporter

    Sear 2156 Otho 69 AD.jpg

    Ah, Otho. An old favorite coin.
    It wasn’t his time in 69 AD, but the wig lives forever.
     
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  11. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Happy belated B'day @Otho........ and @Alegandron's wife :)

    My Otho denarius :

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    Otho, Denarius - Rome mint, AD 69
    IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, Bare head of Otho right
    SECURITAS PR, Securitas standing left
    3.50 gr
    Ref : RIC # 8, RCV #2162, Cohen #17

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