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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.29
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Emperor Servius Sulpicius Galba Augustus in Rome, 68-69 C.E. The laureate head of Galba faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Salus, the goddess of safety and well-being, faces left with one foot on a globe, holding a sacrificial patera over a lighted altar with her right hand and a rudder in her left with the inscriptions "SALVS GEN HUMANI" left and right of image. Obverse and reverse inscriptions difficult to decipher due to fading.
Date range: 68-69 C.E.

Remarks: First of the emperors who ruled in 69 C.E., Year of the Four Emperors. Born in 3 B.C.E., Galba held various important posts and was an administrator with a brilliant record when he was appointed governor of Hispania Tarraconensis in 60 C.E. During the period of disturbances preceding the death of Nero he was proclaimed emperor by his troops, and the Senate having declared in his favor he proceeded to Rome. The Emperor Galba claimed to be responsible for the Salus Generis Humani, the welfare of the human race. Despite this, his strict policies made him very unpopular with the army and led to his assassination in the Forum on January 15th 69 C.E. Galba's coins were minted in Rome, Tarraco, Lugdunum, and possibly Narbo, Vienna, and Carthage. The coins of Lugdunum are probably all posthumous and struck under Vespasian, 70-71 C.E.

References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #2108, pg 409.
Estee Dvorjetski, Leisure, Pleasure and Healing: Spa Culture and Medicine in Ancient Eastern Mediterranean (2007), p. 349.
Title Galba
Date 68-69 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
Antiquities
Ancient Rome