Galba, who was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, rebelled against Nero who was declared a public enemy by the senate and committed suicide. On the same day, Galba was recognized as emperor.
Servius Sulpicius Galba was 72 years old when he was saluted emperor immediately after Nero’s demise in June AD 68. Galba proved to be an ineffective emperor. First, the Praetorian Guard (his body guards) were irritated because Galba failed to reward them for proclaiming him emperor. Second, he named Piso his successor who had no military experience, angering the Praetorian, and this offended Otho, who expected to succeed Galba. Otho lead a revolt within the Praetorian Guard against Galba, whom they murdered in January AD 69.
Victoria, in Roman religion, personification of victory, the equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike. She was often associated with Jupiter, Mars, and other deities and was especially worshiped by the army. In later times she had three or four sanctuaries at Rome, including a temple on the Palatine Hill and an altar in the Senate House.
Laureate head right
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Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in right hand, palm frond in left
VICTORIA P R
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