|Galba (68-69 A.D.) - Silver
Denarius - 19.04mm, 2.98g
- IMP SER GALBA AVG
Galba, his bare head right
- SPQR OB C S
Legend in 3 lines within oak-wreath.
|Minted in Rome between July 68 A.D. and January 69 A.D.
The reverse legend SPQR OB C S is an acronym for
SENATVS POPVLUSQVE ROMANORVM OB CIVES SERVATOS
Which can be translated as "(Awarded) by the Senate and the people of Rome for having served the citizens".
The "Corona Civica", the civic oak-wreath, was initially awarded to individuals for rescuing a comrade in battle,
but in the case of Emperors, it became part of their honors upon ascension, thanking them for rescuing the populous
from the chaos of civil war, or for defeating a (sometimes imaginary) foe that was considered to be a public threat.
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Rarity: R (Rare)