Vitellius was one of the emperors in the ”year of four emerors” – 69 AD. His Reign last only from April of 69 AD to July of 69 AD. He gained power by marching on Rome during the confusion and chaos that ensued after the death of Nero and defeated Otho. His rule was marked by his excesses and that of his followers and supporters. His reign was marked by massacre, gladiatorial games and large frequent feasts, a personal favorite of the obese and gluttonous Vitellius. He was said to have indulged in several feasts and banquets per day. In July 69 AD his rule was challenged by Vespasian, although Vitellius bowed out Vespasian still had him execute, supposedly by decapitation.
The very short reign of Vitellius did not allow much time for coin production, making coins struck in his name scarce. Vitellius Silver Denarius can be particularly hard to locate, especially in nice condition.