This coin is M13 in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of to the Reform of by Kevin and Matthew Pointing. Testing established this coin was minted to the first Neronian , at 78.6% silver. There is a very tiny hole drilled in the edge where the sample was taken.SH72993. Silver , M13 (this coin), 105 (R), 47, 31, 67, 11, 2198 var. (no AVG, May - Jul), F, , tiny sample hole on the edge, 3.093 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 135o, Rome mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; (Liberty ), standing facing, right, in extended right hand, long rod vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ; $450.00 (€400.50)
"This refers to Vitellius' membership in the priestly college of the Sacris Faciundis, 'fifteen men for the conduct of sacred matters.' This body had care of the Sibylline prophecies and were famous for the opulence of their banquets, a feature of the priesthood which particularly appealed to the gluttonous emperor." -- , Roman Coins and Their ValuesSH77386. Silver , 86 (S); 114; p. 370, 17; 46; -; -, VF, excellent portrait, , marks and scratches, somewhat oval , slight edge damage, 2.972 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 180o, Rome mint, c. May - Jul 69 A.D.; A GERMAN , laureate right; XV VIR SACR FAC, tripod-lebes with dome cover, right on top, raven standing right below ; ex CNG e-auction 221 (28 Oct 2009), lot 483; ex Jörg Collection; ; $380.00 (€338.20)
Suetonius wrote of Vitellius' physical description, "He was in fact abnormally tall, with a usually flushed from hard drinking, a huge belly, and one thigh crippled from being struck once time by a four-horse chariot, when he was in attendance on Gaius as he was driving..."
SH75001. Silver , 107 (S), 72, 34, 71, 17, 2200, F, dark cabinet , 2.557 g, maximum 18.1 mm, 180o, Rome mint, Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; , seated right on throne, veiled and draped, in right hand, in left hand; ; $240.00 (€213.60)
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