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 Posted 08/12/2017  11:33 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have been looking for a second Galba denarius for my 12 Caesars collection. 2 days ago I was able to win this one. I love it for the reverse and for the strange portrait of Galba. I am always on the hunt for unusual portraits of the 12 Caesars.

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I know Virtus has appeared on other denarii of Galba, the coins of Augustus, Nero, and on some civil wars denarii, but I really like the depiction of Virtus on this coin.

The coin is slabbed. The slab will have a decisive meeting with my hammer shortly after it arrives.

Please post your coins of Galba.

GALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius (3.38 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69.
RIC-236. "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG" Laureate bust of Galba facing right; Reverse: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.


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 Posted 08/12/2017  1:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a beautiful example and that is an unusual portrait. The kind of coins in you will love owning every time you look at it. Congratulations.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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strange portrait of Galba


from his toucan years?
"It certainly strikes the beholder with astonishment, to perceive what vast difficulties can be overcome by the pigmy arms of little mortal man, aided by science and directed by superior skill." --Henry VIII
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 Posted 08/12/2017  2:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I really like the depiction of Virtus on this coin.


Me too. Classic contrapposto pose with the weight shift very evident. Beautiful.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  3:43 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What an interesting portrait. Has that typical Roman nose. Roaming all over his face. I can't see many of these making it into circulation, especially if the emperor saw them. Not very flattering. Excellent find.
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