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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.30
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Otho (Marcus Salvius Otho Caesar Augustus) in Rome, 69 C.E. The bare head of Otho faces right in profile on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Ceres,goddess of agriculture, grain, and fertility, faces left holding ears of corn (?0 in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left, with the inscriptions "PONT MAX" left and right of image. Obverse and reverse based on Coin Project reference; coin is heavily worn, inscription is illegible.
Date: 69 C.E.

Remarks: Second of the emperors who ruled in 69 C.E., Year of the Four Emperors. Born in 32 C.E., he was a close friend of Nero who appointed him governor of Lusitania. He supported Galba in his revolt in the hope of being adopted by him and succeeding to the Empire. Galba, however, adopted Lucius Calpurnius Piso, whereupon Otho conspired against him, was himself proclaimed emperor and had Galba and Piso put to death. Defeated in battle by the army of Vitellius, who had been proclaimed emperor by the legions of Lower Germany, Otho committed suicide on April 17th 69 C.E. Otho's coins were minted in Rome.

References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #2155, pg 416.
Title Otho
Date 69 CE
Material Silver
Dimensions Dia-0.75 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Place of Origin Europe/Italy/Rome
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome