Otho (15th January - 17th April AD 69)

Marcus Salvius Otho was born on 28 April AD 32 and was Governor of Lusitania AD 58 - 68. He married Poppaea Sabina, future wife of Nero. Otho was hailed emperor in January AD 69; but the legions of the Rhine preferred their own commander Vitellius, for no better reason than that he was their commander. Vitellius' generals defeated Otho's troops at Bedriacum (Cremona) and Otho duly committed suicide on 17th April AD 69.

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Otho 'Securitas' Denarius 022770

Scarce Otho 'Securitas' Denarius
Silver, 3.06 grams, 18.34 mm. Rome. 69 AD. Obverse: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bewigged head right. Reverse: SECVRITAS P R, Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre. RIC 8; RSC 17: Sear 2162. About very fine.

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Otho 'Securitas' Denarius 022770


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