CR, Rom; Emperor Vitellius, 15-69 AD, French medaille, sestertius, 117/500

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Country/Region of Manufacture: France Composition: Bronze
Circulated/Uncirculated: Circulated Brand: Paris Mint, France


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This medal has been minted to commemorate the Roman Emperor Vitellius, 15 – 69 A.D.

The medal is related to the Roman coin, SESTERTIUS.

This medal has been minted in 500 pieces, (100 in silver, 400 in bronze).

This one has the number 210/500 on the rim.

Vitellius (Latin: Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus; 7/12/15/24 September 15 – 22 December 69), was Roman Emperor for eight months, from 16 April to 22 December 69. Vitellius was acclaimed emperor following the quick succession of the previous emperors Galba and Otho, in a year of civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors. Vitellius was the first to add the honorific cognomen Germanicus to his name instead of Caesar upon his accession; the latter name had fallen into disrepute in many quarters because of the actions of Nero.

av. Emperor Vitellius

rv. The personification Pax Augusti

diameter – 68 mm, (2¾”)

weight – 137.50 gr, (4.85 oz)

metal – bronze, old authentic patina

His claim to the throne was soon challenged by legions stationed in the eastern provinces, who proclaimed their commander Vespasian emperor instead. War ensued, leading to a crushing defeat for Vitellius at the Second Battle of Bedriacum in northern Italy. Once he realised his support was wavering, Vitellius prepared to abdicate in favour of Vespasian, but was executed in Rome by Vespasian's soldiers on December 22 of 69.

The sestertius, or sesterce, was an ancient Roman coin. During the Roman Republic it was a small, silver coin issued only on rare occasions. During the Roman Empire it was a large brass coin.

The name sestertius (originally semis-tertius) means "2 ½", the coin's original value in asses, and is a combination of semis "half" and tertius "third", that is, "the third half" (0 ½ being the first half and 1 ½ the second half) or "half the third" (two units plus half the third unit, or halfway between the second unit and the third). Parallel constructions exist in Danish with halvanden (1 ½), halvtredje (2 ½) and halvfjerde (3 ½). The form sesterce, derived from French, was once used in preference to the Latin form, but is now considered old-fashioned.

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