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Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 176. Estimate CHF6000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF5800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Otho. AD 69. Denarius (Silver, 3.53 g 6), Rome, circa 15 January - 9 March 69. IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P Bare head of Otho to right. Rev. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM Pax standing to left holding branch in her right hand and caduceus in her left. BMC 3. Cohen 3. RIC 4. Bright, well centered and well struck, an unusually nice piece. Good extremely fine.


Otho’s portraits are famous for the elaborately waved hair he wears: it was, of course, a wig as the ancient sources tell us! He was prematurely bald and very vain about it.