Emperor Galba Imperial Roman Coins

galba coinServius Sulpicius Galba, born in 3 BC was the first emperor in what historians refer to as the year of the four emperors. He came from a noble family and quickly earned a solid reputation for his military capability. He loyally served Claudius and was retired by the time Nero came to power.

In 68, Nero ordered a murderous rampage on many roman nobles and although Galba feared for his life he was spared. When Galba heard of Nero’s death he assumed the title of Caesar and headed straight to Rome where soldiers halted him and made clear their demands if he was to continue peacefully. In fact, many of these soldiers were killed by Galba and his men. During his brief reign Galba refused to pay soldiers for their loyalty and was disliked by many as he was like a puppet in the hands of 3 well known men of power.

Riots began in 69 and the masses demanded a new power be elected and took into their own hands the election of Vitellius. In response to this Galba realised how unpopular he had become and elected his coadjutor Piso to replace him.

Otho, one of Galba’s earliest supporters was angry that he wasn’t chosen, communicated with the discontented Praetorians who adopted him as the new emperor and slaughtered Galba and Piso soon after.

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Galba 68 69 AD AR Denarius Salus reverse
Galba 68 69 AD AR Denarius Salus reverse
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Galba AE Sestertius Victory Palladium  Palm 68 69 AD RIC 456 About VF
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Galba Sestertius Bust Left  Concordia Seated Rome 68 69 AD RIC 340 Very Rare
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Galba AE Sestertius 68 69 AD Libertas Pileus  Rod RIC 388 Year Four Emperors
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Galba AR Denarius Hispania Javelins  Corn Emperor Horseback 68 AD Rare EF
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