Coins of Galba

Roman Emperor (June AD 68 - January AD 69)

Servius Sulpicius Galba was declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard in June AD 68 after having been invited by Vindex, the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, to replace Nero. Galba took the title of Caesar and along with Otho, the governor of Lusitania, marched towards Rome and entered the city in October to assume his new position. Galba experienced threats from others who had also rose in revolt against Nero and wanted a share in the powers of Rome for themselves. These men were Nymphidias Sabinus, who professed himself to be the son of the emperor Gaius and therefore had a claim to the principate, and Clodius Macer, who refused to recognize Galba and decided to raise his own legion. Galba had both men executed.

Galba had the reputation for being an honest, but suspicious administrator. However, Galba’s reign did not lost long. He failed to pay the donative he had promised to the soldiers, offending and angering them. He also offended Otho by having Lucius Calpurnius Piso adopted as his successor. The soldiers on the Rhine rose up against him in January AD 69 and Otho organized a conspiracy against him among members of the Praetorian Guard, who murdered him.

AE Sestertius, Rome
AD 68-69

Obverse:
Laureate head of the emperor Galba, facing right.  SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG TR P



Reverse:
The goddess Liberty standing, facing right holding a pileus in her right hand and sceptre in her left hand. To the left and right S C on the perimeter LIBERTAS PVBLICA