|Lot 299. Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Galba. A.D. 68-69. Æ as (29 mm, 15.12 g, 12 h). Caesarian Era 117 (68/9). C. Licinius Mucianus, legatus Syriae. IM SE[R SVL GALBA CAE], laureate head of Galba right / EΠI / MO[YK]IA/NOY AN/TIOXEΩN in four lines within wreath; below, date (ET ZIP). McAlee 311; RPC 4313. Earthen-brown patina. Bold strike. Nearly fine.
It was the Syrian legate, Mucianus, who urged Vespasian to declare for the throne in aftermath of Nero's suicide and the succession of ephemeral emperors in Rome. Here however, before Vespasian's bid, he struck coins in Galba's name. Later he lead Vespasian's troops, and according to Josephus was instrumental in the assassination of Vitellius in Rome.
Estimate: US$ 150