Tetradrachm with laureate bust of Emperor Otho - ROM2011_11731_106


Tetradrachm with laureate bust of Emperor Otho

Medium:Struck billon
Geography: Mint of Alexandria, Egypt
Date: 69 AD
Period: Reign of Otho, Roman Imperial period
26.9 mm, 12.28 g
Object number: 910.158.83
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Imperial Roman coinage

Marcus Salvius Otho was Emperor for about three months, during the Year of the Four Emperors, 69 AD, a very unsettled time for the Roman Empire following the death of Nero.

A coin made of "billon" is ostensibly a coin of precious metal (silver or gold) but which is greatly debased with copper or copper-alloy.

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