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 Bi tetradrachm Alexandria Egypt NGC Fine Ancient Roman Coin
Galba 68 69 AD Bi tetradrachm Alexandria Egypt NGC Fine Ancient Roman Coin
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Galba 68 69 AD Bi tetradrachm Alexandria Egypt NGC Fine F Ancient Roman Coin
Galba 68 69 AD Bi tetradrachm Alexandria Egypt NGC Fine F Ancient Roman Coin
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A Very Rare Denarius of Galba Minted 68 69 AD
A Very Rare Denarius of Galba Minted 68 69 AD
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Foro Galba 68 69 AD Denarius SPQR Nice Details NGC
Foro Galba 68 69 AD Denarius SPQR Nice Details NGC
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GALBA 68AD Sestertius NGC Certified XF Rare Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i60510
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