Coin Catalogue

Galba 68 – 69 A.D.

Another one of the short-lived emperors during the Roman civil wars of this period, Galba was the Governor of Spain at the time of Nero’s downfall. Coming from a Senatorial background, he was a likely candidate to succeed Nero from the Senate’s point of view and was thus given the title. Galba made his way to Rome where he proceeded to make enemies out of all his former supporters. Most critical among these was his decision to deny the customary donatives to the army on his accession. This bit of ill-will towards the hands that fed him precipitated a number of events that would eventually lead to his murder. Otho, another recently disenfranchised governor and former protege of Galba’s, gathered an army and set to remove Galba. For his part, Galba reacted to this latest affront by performing another round of purgings within the Praetorian Guard and succeeded only in finding them step aside on Otho’s arrival.




AU Aureus


RIC 1v, BMC 161v Aureus Obv: GALBAIMP – Galba riding horse right, raising hand.
Rev: HISPANIA – Hispania draped bust right; two javelins and shield below. [Known to RIC and BMC only as Denarius]. April – December 68 (Tarraco?). $19,011 12/5/02.



RIC 2, C 195 Aureus Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASCENS – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear.



RIC 61, BMC 191 Aureus Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OB/CS within. April – December 68 (Tarraco?). $23,085 12/5/02.



RIC 146, C 232 Aureus Obv: SERGALBACAESARAVG – Bare-headed, cuirassed bust left.
Rev: SALVSGENHVMANI – Salus standing left, stepping on globe, sacrificing over altar and holding rudder. July 68 – January 69 (Tarraco?). $10,864 12/5/02.



RIC 164, C 286 Aureus Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Bare head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OBCS within. July 68 – January 69 (Rome). $4,000 9/24/03.



RIC 184, BMC 4 Aureus Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter.



RIC 213 (corrected) Aureus Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: SALVSGENHVMANI – Salus standing left, stepping on globe, holding, sacrificing over altar and holding rudder. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).



RIC 229v, Calico 500, C 208v Aureus Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVGPM – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASCES – Roma advancing left, holding Victory on globe and trophy. [Known to RIC and Cohen only as Denarius]. July 68 – January 69 (Rome). $7,469 12/5/02.




AR Denarius


RIC 4, BMC 12 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVGPM – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and a scepter.



RIC 22, BMC 40, C 238 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: SALVSGENHVMANI – Salus standing left, stepping on globe, sacrificing over altar and holding rudder.



RIC 23v Denarius Obv: GALBAIMP – Laureate head left
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. [RIC lists only for bust facing right]. April – December 68 (Tarraco). $168 3/27/00.



RIC 26 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMP – Laureate head left.
Rev: ROMARENASCENS – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear.



RIC 28, C 209 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMP – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASCENS – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear.



RIC 29, BMC 180, BN 17, C 209 Denarius Obv: IMPGALBA – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASCENS – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear. July 68 – January 69 (Spain).



RIC 36, BMC 338, C 45 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter. 68 (Tarraco).



RIC 41, BMC 234 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASC – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear.



RIC 43, BMC 180 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASC – Roma advancing right, holding Victory on globe and spear. April – December 68 (Tarraco). $346 1/9/03.



RIC 45, C 223 Denarius Obv: GALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMAVICTRIX – Roma standing left, stepping on globe, holding branch and scepter.



RIC 49, C 34 Denarius Obv: SERGALBAIMPERATOR – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIAPROVINCIARVM – Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. April – December 68 (Tarraco). $600 9/24/03.



RIC 92, BMC 214, Hunter 74, C 308 Denarius Obv: SERGALBAIMPAVG – Galba riding horse right, raising hand.
Rev: No legend Exe: TRESGALLIAE – Three Gaul bare headed, draped busts right; a grain ear in front of each bust. April – November 68 (Gaul).



RIC 120, BMC 223, C 38 Denarius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIAPROVINCIARVM – Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.



RIC 145, BMC 21 Denarius Obv: SERGALBAAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend Exe: IMP – Galba riding horse right, raising hand.



RIC 149, C 40a Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIAPROVINCIARVM – Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.



RIC 155, BMC 15, S 2103, C 82 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: HISPANIA – Hispania standing left, holding corn ears and two spears with shield. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).



RIC 167, BMC 34, BN 76, C 287 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Bare head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OB/CS within. 68-69 (Rome).



RIC 170 (corrected), C 287 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Bare head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OB/CS within. 68-69 (Rome). $1,400 5/21/03.



RIC 179, BMC 51 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Virtus standing, facing, holding parazonium and spear; VIR TVS across fields.



RIC 186, BMC 8, C 55 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).



RIC 189, BMC 6, C 55a Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter.



RIC 191, BMC 18 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: HISPANIA – Hispania standing left, holding corn ears and two spears with shield. October 68 – January 69 (Rome). $223 3/12/03.



RIC 195, BMC 18 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASC – Roma standing left, holding Victory on a globe and eagle tipped long scepter. November 68 – January 69 (Rome). $350 4/1/03.



RIC 197 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: ROMARENASC – Roma standing right, holding Victory on globe and spear. 69 (Rome). $230 6/16/03.



RIC 204, C 208a Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate and draped bust right.
Rev: ROMARENASCES – Roma standing left, holding Victory on globe and scepter with eagle atop.



RIC 211, BMC 41 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: SALVSGENHVMANI – Salus standing left, stepping on globe, sacrificing over altar and holding rudder. October – November 68 (Rome).



RIC 221, C 344 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVG – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Virtus standing, facing, holding parazonium and spear; VIR TVS across fields. July 68 – January 69 (Rome). $630 9/24/03.



RIC 224, BMC 12, BN 101, C 58 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVGPM – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).



RIC 234 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVGPM – Laureate head right.
Rev: VICTORIAPR – Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm. October – November 68 (Rome). $405 11/10/02.



RIC 236, C 343 Denarius Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESARAVGPM – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Virtus standing, facing, holding parazonium and spear; VIR TVS across fields. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).




AE Sestertius


RIC 259, C 302 Sestertius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OB/CIVSER within. June – August 68 (Rome).



RIC 270, BMC 104, C 256 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Victory advancing left, holding Palladium and palm; SC across fields. June – August 68 (Rome).



RIC 309, BMC 71, C 130 Sestertius Obv: IMPSERSVLPGALBACAESAVGTRP – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. 68-69 (Rome).



RIC 310, C 131 Sestertius Obv: IMPSERSVLPICGALBACAESAVGTRP – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. $2,000 5/21/03.



RIC 387, C 108 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. 68 (Rome).



RIC 388, C 112 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. October 68 (Rome).



RIC 389, C 110 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate head left
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter.



RIC 398, C 245 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend – Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm. 68 (Rome). $5,100 9/24/03.



RIC 400v Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm; S C across fields. [RIC unlisted bust type for this issue]. October – December 68 (Rome).



RIC 403, BMC 108, Kraay 198 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laurate, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend – Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm; S C across fields. October 68 (Rome).



RIC 405, BMC 112, BN 124, C 295 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, SPQR/OB/CIVSER within. 68 (Rome). $4,400 1/13/03.



RIC 435, C 60 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESAVGPMTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: No legend – Wreath, EXSC/OB/CIVES/SER within. 68 (Rome). $700 9/24/03.



RIC 442, C 110 Sestertius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: LIBERTASAVGVSTA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter.



RIC 467, BN 236, C 2 Sestertius Obv: SERSVLPIGALBAIMPCAESARAVGPMTRP Exe: ADLOCVTIO/SC – Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: Galba standing right on podium, accompanied by praetorian prefect behind him, addressing two helmeted soldier, each with shields and one with spear, a horse facing between them. Before podium, two tunicate cursores, and in background, vexillum, signum and aquila. December 68 – January 69 (Rome).




AE Sestertius (Posthumous)


RIC 245 (Titus), BMC 305 (Titus), BN 319 (Titus), C 350 Sestertius Obv: IMPSERSVLPGALBACAESAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPTICAESDIVIVESPFAVGPMTRPPPCOSVIII – Large SC. 79-81 (Rome).




AE Dupondius


RIC 275, C 120 Dupondius Obv: IMPSERGALBAAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. 68-69 (Rome). $1,800 5/21/03.




AE Dupondius (Posthumous)


RIC 246, C 351 Dupondius Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPTCAESDIVIVESPFAVGREST – Large SC. $65 10/4/03.




AE As


RIC 67, BMC 201, BN 36, C 50 As Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVGPMTRPPP – Laureate head right.
Rev: DIVAAVGVSTA – Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter; S C across fields. September – December 68 (Tarraco).



RIC 308, BMC 159 As Obv: SERGALBAIMPCAESAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: VESTA – Vesta seated left, holding palladium and scepter; S C across fields. July 68 – January 69 (Rome).



RIC 372, C 124 As Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESAVGTRP – Bare head right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter; S C across fields. 68 (Rome).



RIC 492 As Obv: SERSVLPIGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Laureate head right.
Rev: AEQVITAS – Aequitas standing right, holding scales and scepter.



RIC 507v As Obv: SERSVLPIGALBAIMPCAESARAVGTRP – Bare head right.
Rev: No legend – Three standards on galley prows. [RIC lists for bare, draped bust right].



Unlisted RIC, C 127 As Obv: IMPSERGALBACAESAVGPMTRP – Bare head right.
Rev: LIBERTASPVBLICA – S C across fields; Libertas standing left, holding pileus and scepter. [RIC 366 lists same type but for Dupondius]. September 68 (Rome).


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