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"Augustus issue" of Vindex and Galba, DIVVS IVLIVS "comet" denarius minted during the Civil War of 68-69 AD, Spain or Sourthern Gaul

"Augustus issue" of Vindex and Galba, DIVVS IVLIVS "comet" denarius minted during the Civil War of 68-69 AD, Spain or Sourthern Gaul

CAESAR [AVGV]STVS, laureate head of Augustus right / DIVVS IVLIVS, eight-rayed comet. 18mm, 2.82 grams. Unknown mint in Spain or Southern Gaul. RIC I 92; Martin A10; BMCRE 49; BN -; RSC 98a. 

In late 67 or early 68, Caius Julius Vindex, governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, rebelled against Nero's tax policy, with the purpose of substituting Servius Sulpicius Galba, governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, for Nero. Vindex's revolt in Gaul was unsuccessful, but Galba led the revolt and eventually wrested the control of the Empire from Nero. During the revolt Vindex and Galba minted various coins in Spain and souther Gaul, where their rebellion took place. Many of the coins imitated the old Republican and Augustan issues. This type imitates the rare "comet" denarii of Augustus he minted in ca.19-18 BC (RSC 97-98). The reverse depicts the comet which made a continuous daylight appearance during July 44 BC and was associated with the deification of Julius Caesar.
 
The Civil War "Comet" issues of 68-69 AD are extremely rare (much more rare than the original coins of Augustus.
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