VERY RARE Emperor Otho Silver Denarius, Securitas Reverse, Rome, AD69

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman empire

Date: AD 69

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Fine

Obverse: Bare head of emperor, right, IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG [TR P]

Reverse: Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre, SECVRI[TAS PR]

Size and Weight: 18mm, 3.12g

References: RIC 2, 8, S2162

Features and Provenance: Ex Nauman Numismatics

Otho was emperor for only 8 weeks in AD 69, but he still managed to issue a number of gold and silver coins in his name. However, they are very rare and this is a good opportunity to own a remarkable piece of Roman history.

In his younger days, Otho was friends with Nero, but things went wrong when Nero had an affair with his wife and forced Otho to divorce her. He was effectively banished to the provinces and whilst there sided with Galba who became emperor, but Galba was later killed by Otho himself.

Favoured by the army, Otho was raised to the throne, but then had to deal with the rebellious Vitellius. During one battle, Otho lost 40,000 men, so ashamed by this he chose the honourable way out and committed suicide. Ironically, his men admired him so much for doing this that they too committed suicide beside his funeral pyre!




Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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