Vitellius (AD 69). AR denarius (18mm, 2.95 gm, 5h).
NGC VG 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head of Vitellius right
Rev: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, bareheaded and draped busts of the children of Vitellius (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Junior and Vitellia), facing one another.
RIC I 101.
Purchased from Heritage Auctions Lot 65074 November 29, 2018.
This is my second denarius of Vitellius and completes my second 12 Caesars set in silver. Yes, it is a worn coin but better examples tend to sell for a lot of money. On the obverse is a portrait of Vitellius while on the reverse are depictions of his 2 children as confronted busts. Not too long after this coin was minted Vespasian came to power and minted a coin not unlike this one. On that coin Vespasian is on the obverse and his two sons Domitian and Titus are on the reverse.
I was very happy to get this coin. I had been looking for one of these for over 2 years so when I found this one I was thrilled. The legends are quite readable in most cases and the quality of the silver is excellent. This coin shall have an important place within my 12 Caesars sets. I need just 3 coins for a third set of the 12 Caesars and one of these is a Vitellius. I may therefore be looking for yet another Vitellius soon. I hope that I can find another interesting reverse for my next Vitellius denarius.