Vitellius (17h April - 22nd December AD 69)

Aulus Vitellius Germanicus, (September 24, AD 15. - December 22, AD 69) One of the emperors in the "Year of the Four Emperors" (the others being Galba, Otho, and Vespasian). Surviving sources, particularly Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars, paint an unfavourable picture of Vitellius; however we should bear in mind that Suetonius' father was an army officer who had fought for Otho and against Vitellius at the first Battle of Bedriacum. Vitellius was the son of Lucius Vitellius, consul and governor of Syria under Tiberius. Vitellius the son was consul in AD 48, and (perhaps in AD 60-61); proconsul of Africa, in which capacity he is said to have acquitted himself with credit. At the end of AD 68 Galba, to general astonishment, selected him to command the army of Germania Inferior. Here Vitellius made himself popular with his subalterns and with the soldiers by outrageous prodigality and excessive good nature, which soon proved fatal to order and discipline.

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Vitellius 'Dolphin on Tripod' Denarius 024646

Rare Vitellius 'Dolphin on Tripod' Denarius
Silver, 2.72 grams, 18.55 mm. Rome. 69 AD. Obverse: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right. Reverse: XV VIR SACR FAC, Tripod lebes surmounted by dolphin right, raven right below. RIC 109; RSC 111; BCM 39; Sear 2201. Good fine.

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Vitellius 'Dolphin on Tripod' Denarius 024646
Vitellius 'Libertas' Silver Denarius 024173

Rare Vitellius 'Libertas' Silver Denarius
Silver, 2.99 grams, 20.36 mm. Rome. 69 AD. Obverse: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right. Reverse: LIBERTAS RESTITVTA, Libertas, draped, standing facing, head right, holding pileus and sceptre. RIC 81; RSC 48; BMC 13; Sear 2198. Good fine.

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Vitellius 'Libertas' Silver Denarius 024173

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