Ancient Roman Empire Coin GALBA Large Sestertius LIBERTAS PVBLICA RARE Coin
Roman Emperor 68 AD -69 AD. Obv: SER GALBA TR P CAESAR AVG TR P. Laureate head of Galba right. Rev: LIBERTAS PVBLICA S-C. Libertas standing left with pileus and rod. SOUTH FLORIDA ESTATE SALE. Please, check out other ancient coins we have available for sale. We are offering 1000+ ancient coins collection. ALL COINS ARE GENUINE LIFETIME GUARANTEE. The attribution label is printed on archival museum quality paper. An interesting large and rare coin of short reigned Emperor Galba. Galba on obverse and three Libertas on reverse. This coin comes with free display case, easel and attribution label attached. A great way to display an ancient coins collection. Only within the continental U. The residents of HI/AK/U. Galba 24 December 3 BC 15 January 69 AD was Roman emperor for seven months from 68 to 69. The governor of Hispania Tarraconensis at the time of the rebellion of Julius Vindex in Gaul, he seized the throne following Nero’s suicide. Born into a wealthy family, Galba was a capable military officer during the first half of the first century AD. He retired during Nero’s reign but was later granted the governorship of Hispania Tarraconensis. Taking advantage of the defeat of Vindex’s rebellion and Nero’s suicide, he became emperor with the support of the Praetorian Guard. Galba was the oldest emperor to date when he became Emperor and his physical weakness and general apathy led to his being dominated by favorites. Unable to gain popularity with the people or maintain the support of the Praetorian Guard, Galba was murdered by Otho, who rebelled when Galba passed him over as his successor. He was the first emperor of the Year of the Four Emperors, and the last to be born in the first century BC. Origins and family life. He was born as Servius Sulpicius Galba near Terracina, “on the left as you go towards Fundi” in the words of Suetonius. Through his paternal grandfather (“more eminent for his learning than for his rank for he did not advance beyond the grade of praetor” and who “published a voluminous and painstaking history”, and, according to Suetonius, predicted his rise to power), he was descended from Servius Sulpicius Galba. Galba’s father attained the consulship, and although he was short, hunchbacked and only an indifferent speaker, was an industrious pleader at the bar. His mother was Mummia Achaica, the granddaughter of Lutatius Catulus cos. 78 BC and great-granddaughter of Lucius Mummius Achaicus. They only had one other child, an elder son called Gaius who left Rome after squandering the greater part of his estate, and committed suicide because Tiberius dishonored him by preventing him from taking part in the allotment of the provinces in his year. His father married a second wife, Livia Ocellina, a distant kinswoman of the empress Livia. She later adopted Galba, so he took her names, remaining Lucius Livius Ocella Sulpicius Galba until becoming emperor. His was a noble family, and he was a man of great wealth, but was unconnected by birth and only very, very remotely by adoption with any of the first six Caesars. Despite this, in his early years he was regarded as a youth of remarkable abilities, and it is said that both Augustus and Tiberius prophesied his future eminence Tacitus, Annals, vi. Galba 4; Dio 57.19.4. His wife, Aemilia Lepida, however, was connected by the marriages of some of her relatives to some of the Julii-Claudii. They had two sons, probably Gaius and Servius (most likely Livius Ocella Galba), who died during their father’s life. The elder son was born circa 25 AD, and hardly anything is known about his life, as he died young. He was engaged to his step-sister Antonia Postuma, but they never wed, which leads modern historians to believe that he died during this time. Their engagement is dated to 48, and that is generally believed to be his time of death. The date of birth of the younger son occurred later than 25 but before 30. This Galba outlived his older brother. He was a quaestor in 58, but he was never seen in politics after that. His time of death is generally believed to be around 60 AD. Galba Minor was never married and had no children. Additionally, Suetonius’s description of Galba was that “In sexual matters he was more inclined to males, and then none but the hard bodied and those past their prime”. This seems to be the only case in Roman history where a named individual male is stated to prefer adult males. He became Praetor in 20, and consul in 33; he earned a reputation in the provinces of Gaul, Germania, Africa and Hispania for his military capability, strictness and impartiality in judging disputes. For the first half of Nero’s reign he lived in retirement, until 61, when the emperor bestowed on him the province of Hispania Tarraconensis. In the spring of 68, Galba was informed of Nero’s intention to put him to death, and of the insurrection of Julius Vindex in Gaul. He was at first inclined to follow the example of Vindex, but the defeat at Vesontio (Besançon) and suicide of the latter renewed Galba’s hesitation. It was said that the courtier Calvia Crispinilla was behind his defection from Nero. The news that Nymphidius Sabinus, the Praetorian Prefect, had given him his favour revived Galba’s spirits. Until now, he had only dared to call himself the legate of the senate and Roman people; after Nero’s suicide, he assumed the title of Caesar, and marched straight for Rome. Following Nero’s death, Nymphidius Sabinus sought to seize power prior to the arrival of Galba, but he could not win the loyalty of the Praetorian guard and was killed. Upon Galba’s approach to the city in October, he was met by soldiers presenting demands; Galba replied by killing many of them. Galba’s primary concern during his brief reign was restoring state finances, and to this end he undertook a number of unpopular measures, the most dangerous was his refusal to pay the praetorians the reward promised in his name. Galba scorned the notion that soldiers should be “bribed” for their loyalty. He also sentenced many to death without trial, and rarely accepted requests for citizenship. He further disgusted the populace by his meanness and dislike of pomp and display. Aged 70 at the time he became emperor, he would be the oldest person to become emperor until the 81 year old Gordian I in 238. Due to his advanced age, he had little energy and was entirely in the hands of favourites. Three of these Titus Vinius, who became Galba’s colleague as consul, Cornelius Laco, the commander of the Praetorian Guard, and Galba’s freedman Icelus Marcianus were said to virtually control the emperor. The three were called “The Three Pedagogues” because of their influence on Galba. All this made the new emperor gravely unpopular. During the later period of his provincial administration, Galba was indolent and apathetic, but this was due either to a desire not to attract Nero’s notice or to the growing infirmities of age. Tacitus says all pronounced him worthy of the empire, until he became emperor (“omnium consens cpax imperi nisi impersset”). As Pharaoh of Egypt, Galba adopted the titulary Autokrator Servios Galbas (Emperor Servius Galba). Mutiny on the frontier. On 1 January 69, two legions in Germania Superior refused to swear loyalty to Galba. They toppled his statues, demanding that a new emperor be chosen. On the following day, the soldiers of Germania Inferior also rebelled and took the decision of who should be the next emperor into their own hands, proclaiming the governor of the province, Vitellius, as Emperor. This outbreak of revolt made Galba aware of his own unpopularity and of the general discontent. In order to check the rising storm, he adopted as his heir and successor L. The populace regarded the choice of successor as a sign of fear and the Praetorians were indignant, because the usual donative was not forthcoming. Salvius Otho, who was expecting to be adopted, was alienated by the choice of Piso. While Otho had governed Lusitania and was one of Galba’s earliest supporters, he was disappointed at the selection of Piso and entered into communication with the discontented Praetorians, who hailed him as their emperor on 15 January 69. Galba at once set out to meet the rebels, though he was so feeble that he had to be carried in a litter. According to Suetonius, Galba prior to his death had put on a linen corsetalthough remarking that it had little protection against so many swords. He was met by a troop of Otho’s cavalry and was killed near Lacus Curtius. One guard, centurion Sempronius Densus, died defending him. According to Plutarch, during Galba’s last moments he offered his neck, and said, Strike, if it be for the good of the Romans! Piso was killed shortly afterwards. Titus Vinius tried to run away, calling out that Otho had not ordered him killed, but was run through with a spear. Cornelius Laco was banished to an island where he was later murdered by soldiers of Otho. Icelus Martianus was also executed. After his death, Galba’s head was brought to Otho, who gave it to his camp followers who paraded and mocked it in angry response to a remark by Galba that his strength was unimpaired. The head was then bought by a freedman so he could throw it on the place where his former master had been executed on Galba’s orders. Galba’s steward buried both head and trunk in a tomb by the Aurelian Road. If you have a problem with your item please refrain from leaving negative or neutral feedback until you have made contact and given a fair chance to rectify the situation. As always, every effort is made to ensure that your shopping experience meets or exceeds your expectations. The item “Ancient Roman Empire Coin GALBA Large Sestertius LIBERTAS PVBLICA RARE Coin” is in sale since Friday, March 15, 2019. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Roman\ Imperial (27 BC-476 AD)”. The seller is “timelessthing” and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Ruler: Galba
- Denomination: Sestertius