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Roman Empire, Raetia (Upper Bavaria), Vindelici, Denarius

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Roman Empire, Raetia (Upper Bavaria), Vindelici, Denarius (obverse) Roman Empire, Raetia (Upper Bavaria), Vindelici, Denarius (reverse)

The Roman Emperor Otho reigned for three turbulent months only. To pay for his soldiers, he had plenty of gold and silver coins minted. It did not help him, however in April 69, his troops were defeated by mutinous legions.

Despite his short reign, the Celts copied Otho's coins, as this denarius illustrates. It was supposedly issued by the Vindelici, a group of Celtic tribes settling between the Lake of Constance and the Inn River. Their chief town is assumed to have been the oppidum at Manching in Bavaria.

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