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Different dating systems existed in ancient times and have been used next to each other, generating confusion and misunderstanding.The basic points of reference are either the years of the reign of an emperor or local authority (regnal years) or a special local event like an important victory or a town gaining independence (local Era).This, however, requires an understanding of the dating system.

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For somebody born 31 January 1980, for example, the first year runs form 31 January 1980 to 30 January 1981.

This start with a first full year is however not the rule in ancient year dating on coins, what may generate a lot of confusion.

And there are differences in the length of the first year.

People today count their own age with full years only, starting at the event of their birth.

However, Galba became emperor briefly after Nero committed suicide June 9, 68 CE and seven months later Galba already was murdered January 15, it is assumed 29 August was the starting date of the Alexandrian New Year, and 30 August every 4 years.

It means the reign of Galba in the first Alexandrian year lasted only from June 9 to August 29, close to 3 months, while year 2 lasted from August 29 to January 15, about 4.5 months.

This may explain why the ratio between year 1 and 2 is about 1:1 for 19 Alexandrian tetradrachms sold by Forum Ancient Coins.

The starting date for the coins of Galba minted in is still debated.

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