Yup, I knocked-off another one of the dirty dozen!! => *G*A*L*B*A*

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  1. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Sure, it's a bit big, dirty and rugged lookin' (kinda like my old girlfriends), but I think that it'll fit well into my collection!! ... it's a bit of a poor man's Galba, but a Galba nonetheless ... cha-ching!!!

    Oh, and as you know, I have very few collecting-rules, so I'm gonna claim that this is my 9th credit towards my 12 Caesars collection ..... ummm, although I'm sure that there are a few sticklers out there that would claim I shouldn't get official credit for any of 'em?!!

    ... anyway ...

    => Gimme a "G"

    Galba, Æ As
    Rome mint
    68-69 AD
    Struck circa October 68 AD
    Diameter: 27 mm
    Weight: 10.6 grams
    Obverse: Laureate head right
    Reverse: LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing facing, head left, holding pileus and rod; S-C across field
    Reference: RIC I 328

    Galba a.jpg Galba b.jpg

    => oh, and you know the drill by now ... post your "stuff" my friends!!
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Sounds reasonable to me! I'm counting this provincial Galba towards 12 Caesars should I decide to assemble a set:


    EGYPT, Alexandria. Galba
    year 2, CE 68/9

    Obv: ΣEPOVIΓAΛBAAVTOKAIΣΣEBA; laureate head right; LB
    Rev: Bust of Roma right, with shield and spear forward; PΩMH
    Ref: Emmett 174(2) R1, Milne 325
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  4. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Definition of PILEUS
    [Latin] : a pointed or close-fitting cap worn by ancient Romans
    : the convex, concave, or flattened spore-bearing structure of some basidiomycetes that is attached superiorly to the stem and typically is expanded with gills or pores on the underside —called also cap
  5. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Sweet addition, TIF (I looked at that type during my hunt, but fell in love with my Big Bertha example => both types are awesome!!)

    Thanks for posting, Princess
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  6. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    I'm going to have to wait to post my modest 'Big Twelve'...since I'm still unable to photograph them---perhaps by next Friday...mostly denarii...including Galba.
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  7. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    man, you've gotta get that infamous camera rollin' pretty soon, my friend ... I'm starting to doubt your skilz!!


    ... just jokes ...

    Ummm, I can't wait to see your Big Twelve!! (eecch, I feel dirty)
  8. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Speakin' of Big Twelve ... ummm, do ya wanna see my version of the 9 Caesars?

    Oh, okay ... I'll go get 'em

    1) Julius Caesar (*rats*) ....... no example yet (I know, right?)

    2) Augustus ... ummm, I happen to have two unofficial types for this cat:

    Augustus Elephant Sestertius.jpg Augustus AE As Celsa Bull.jpg

    3) Tiberius ... once again, I seem to have two versions that are way-way unofficial ... but yet, they've ticked the box in the stevex6 collection
    Tiberius Emerita.jpg Tiberius Counterstamp.jpg

    4) Caligula ... everybody's fav
    caligula a.jpg caligula b.jpg

    5) Claudius ... a dirty ol' desert dawg example

    6) Nero ... one of my first and perhaps still my favourite coin

    nero.jpg nero2.jpg

    7) you guys know him as "The OP Coin" ... Mr. Galba

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
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  9. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    8) Otho (*rats*) ........ yah, as expected I don't have one of these yet

    9) Vitellius (*rats-rats*) .... yah, this is a dry-part of this presentation (*awkward*)

    10) Vespasian ... thank God, I have one of these

    vespian b.jpg vespian a.jpg

    11) Titus ... got 'em (twice, kinda)

    Titus & Dolphin.jpg Titus a.jpg Titus b.jpg

    12) Domitian ....
    domitiana.jpg domitianb.jpg

    => and dats how we do it in the hood!!

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  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice one little brother. Galba is not the hardest of the 12, but it's one of the hardest. Congrats.

    Galba 2.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P laureate head right
    REVERSE: PAX AVGVST, Pax standing, head left, holding branch and cornucopia, SC in fields
    Struck at Rome, Oct/Nove 68 AD
    13.2g, 27mm
    RIC 283
    Galba 3.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG P M - Laureate head right
    REVERSE: VICTORIA P R - Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm
    Struck at Rome, Oct/Nov 68AD
    3.2g, 18mm
    RIC 234
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  11. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Terrific Posts!!!

    It's not only my camera skills, but my lack of a camera!! LOL Thus, next Friday i hope to buy one that actually works and fits in my budget.

    I do have a Tiberius and Claudius file photo that i previously posted: claudius obverse.jpg claudius reverse.jpg Tiberius obverse.jpg Tiberius reverse.jpg
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  12. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Hey Mikey, I like it (that never gets old, eh?)


    Oh, and I love your coin examples ..... oh-oh, and I hope that you do realize that I'm merely pullin' your leg about the camera thingy, right?

    Have a great night, my coin friend!!

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  13. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    QUOTE="stevex6, post: 2136222, member: 44183"]h-oh, and I hope that you do realize that I'm merely pullin' your leg about the camera thingy, right?[/QUOTE]

    No problem Buddy, I know you're joking...I just get frustrated in trying to buy coins and buy a camera at the same time:wacky:

    Have a great night Steve!!
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  14. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Here's my one and only Galba. GalbaDenarius.jpg And a second, but only by way of the countermark.
    Nero and Statilia Messalina Galba countermark
    Nero & Statilia Messalina, Æ27 as, Galba ctmk., 10.54g Nicaea, Bythinia,
    O: NERWN K[LAU]DIOS KAISAR SEBASTOS GE, laureate head left, rectangular countermark GALB[A].
    R: ME[SSALEIN]A [GYNE SEBASTOY] Statilia Messalina as Securitas seated right.
    Obverse die RPC 2057, Reverse die RPC 2061; Listed in Wildwinds as RPC 2061cf, countermark Howgego 591. Unique.

    Statilia Messalina was the third and last wife of Nero, empress from 66-68. Her great beauty and intelligence kept her alive during some of the most turbulent years of the early empire.

    After several failed attempts to strangle his first wife, Claudia Octavia, to death, Nero divorced her for barrenness and she was forced into suicide. Nero kicked his second wife, Poppaea Sabina who was pregnant at the time, to death. Going into a deep depression (Women, can't live with them, can't live without them!) he found comfort in his new bride, Statilia Messalina. All it took was the forced suicide of her husband and Nero was able to have her all to himself.

    She must have been a most clever woman as she survived the revolution and civil war that followed, even being betrothed to Otho before he too met an untimely end. Suetonius reports that of the two letters Otho wrote the night before he committed suicide, one of them was to Statilia.
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  15. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Nice!! => thanks for posting, Nemo (I appreciate the participation)


    Great coin and cool write-up


    oh, and I kinda like that sweet green coin as well (very cool)
  16. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    My pleasure, this was a nice thread with a great OP coin.
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  17. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Yep Nemo---Steve took the words out of my mouth!!
  18. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Hey @Nemo, have you posted your avatar coin on CoinTalk? If so, I don't remember but I'd love to see the full pictures. What a great obverse!

    (Sorry for the hijacking, SteveO!)
  19. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    hey quit wrecking my thread!!

    jan brady a.jpg
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  20. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Congrats, nice bronzes.

    Had a denarius, but liked this tet. better so traded it went. Its been posted before.


    Galba (68 - 69 A.D.)
    AR Tetradrachm
    SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
    R: Eagle standing left, wreath in beak, on two laurel branches; palm to left, ETOYC B (date) below.
    Antioch Mint
    RPC I 4198; Prieur 100; SNG Copenhagen 163a
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
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  21. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Awesome coin, Mat ... I almost bought an example that wasn't quite as nice as your sweet coin, so I dodged a jealousy-bullet (again, very cool eagle coin)
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