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Sale: Nomos 9, Lot: 222. Estimate CHF12000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 20 October 2014. 
Sold For CHF11500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Vitellius, with his children, 69. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.39 g 5), Rome. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate head of Vitellius to right. Rev. LIBERI IMP.GERM AVG. Busts of Vitellius’ son Aulus, on the left, and his daughter Vitellia, on the right, facing each other; both are draped with a circular clasp on their shoulders. BMC 28. Cohen 4. RIC 101. Very rare, especially in such nice condition. Beautifully toned. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.

From the Escalade Collection, Switzerland, acquired privately in England.

The children of Vitellius had differing fates after their father's death: his son was executed but Vitellia, who was already married to a provincial governor, received the favor of Vespasian. After her husband died in 70. Vespasian arranged a very good second marriage for her.