Tarraco was inhabited before Roman times by Iberians who had business contacts with the Greeks and Phoenicians who settled on the coast. Around 217 B.C., the Roman armies arrived in Tarraco with the Roman general Scipio Africanus. The people there became allies and friends of the Roman people and Tarraco became a supply and winter base camp during the Roman wars against the Celtiberians. When Julius Caesar conquered supporters of Pompey in 49 BC, Tarraco supplied his troops with food provisions. The city was made Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco, maybe by Caesar after his victory in Munda. The Tarraco Amphitheatre In 27 BC, Augustus went to Spain to watch the campaigns in Cantabria. However, because of his health problems, he decided to stay in Tarraco. He granted many marks of honor on the city, among which were its honorary titles of Colonia Victrix Togata and Colonia Julia Victrix Tarraconensis. Tarraco became the capital of the Roman province Hispania Citerior and, after Augustus' reorganization of Hispania, of Hispania Tarraconensis. Tarraco under Augustus and Tiberius minted its own coins with depictions of the imperial cult and the inscription CVT, CVTT or CVTTAR. My worn example of Tiberius from Tarraco AE24 7.9g CL CAES CVT R: Germanicus & Drusus face to face And a nicer one (not mine) Augustus Tarraco CVTT In 68 AD, Galba, who lived eight years in Tarraco, was proclaimed emperor in the city of Clunia Sulpicia. A large part of Galba's provincial coinage has been minted in Taracco. It struck aurei and denarii from April to late 68 AD, and asses from September to December 68 AD. Aurei from Taracco were struck at the heavier pre-Neronian standard of around 7.7g. Denarii were struck at the same standard as Rome however the fineness was slightly higher at 92-98% fine. The portraiture style of the Tarraco workshop is quite crude compared to that of Rome and the busts always terminate with a globe. Vitellius and Vespasian also struck coins in this city. My old Galba: Vitellius and a Vespasian sold 3 weeks ago in the Roma auction: Vitellius denarius Tarraco RIC 29 Vespasian AE As Tarraco RIC 1336 We are certainly interested to see other examples from the Tarraco mint. Please show us yours !