Vitellius, portraits

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    PMONNEY Flaminivs

    ViteLast.JPG VitelFau2.jpg
    Various portrait ornate coins of this emperor, some more realistic (i.e. less flattering than others) in fact he was known as a fat, great eater. Denarii minted in Rome show his somewhat idealized portrait. However, in the provinces, where he may have been better known, his portrait is less flattering !
    Here above are two illustrating examples.
    A denarius from Rome and a bronze coin from Spain:
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  3. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus

    Nice portraits on these coins of Vitellius. Here are mine.

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    A rare coin with his 2 children
    Vitellius dynastic.smalljpg.jpg
    An even rarer coin with his father's portrait on the reverse.
    Vitellius RIC 99.jpg
  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Vitellius (69 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP TR P, Laureate head right.
    R: S P Q R / OB / C S in three lines within wreath.
    Rome Mint, 69 A.D.
    RIC I 83; RSC 86

    Vitellius (69 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
    R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
    RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  6. Alegandron

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


    RI Vitellius 69 CE AR Denarius Pont Max Vesta Seated.jpg
    RI Vitellius 69 CE AR Denarius Pont Max Vesta Seated
  7. lrbguy

    lrbguy Well-Known Member

    Bare headed Vitellius:
  8. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus

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  9. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    An earlier purchase in my quest for one of every man who called himself Augustus, I chose this one for somewhat looking like a human being, which is inexplicably uncommon for this emperor.

    Vitellius denarius libertas.jpg
  10. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I always wonder why his coin portraits look nothing like his busts.

  11. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Going with the sources, we have here the LARGEST ruler of Rome on a Lil tiny denarius!


    AD 69. AR Denarius

    minted at Rome, Jul.-Dec. AD 69. Laureate head of Vitellius, right. Reverse : Libertas (Liberty) draped, standing facing, head right, holding pileus and scepter. RIC-1005; BMCRE-31.
  12. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    OK, again I'm cheating here.

    A Vitellian-like Vespasian.

    V21.jpg Vespasian
    AR Denarius, 2.82g
    Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
    RIC 21 (C). BMC 17. RSC 94a.
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
    Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Aequitas, draped, standing l., holding scales in r. hand, transverse rod in l.

    I believe this Aequitas along with the standing Pax and Fortuna with prow were the first coin types struck for Vespasian at Rome. Many of them show Vitellian traits.
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