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Palmyrene Empire, Aurelian and Vabalathus, 270 - 275 A.D.
Vabalathus, son of the Palmyran king Odenathus and Zenobia, was declared Augustus but Aurelian defeated his forces. He and Zenobia were then taken to Rome where they lived in great comfort. The abbreviated titles of Vabalathus most likely were, Vir Clarissimus Romanorum (or Rex) Imperator Dux Romanorum. The portraits of Vabalathus are interesting because they display both the Roman laurel and the Hellenistic royal diadem.
RA11990. Billon antoninianus
3110, BnF XII
1255, RIC V
381, Cohen VII
1, gVF, 7th officina
, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
3.69g, maximum diameter
21.5mm, die axis
, Nov 270 - Mar 272 A.D.; obverse IMP C
AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate
and cuirassed bust
right, Z below; reverse
VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust
Catalog current as of Sunday, February 17, 2019.
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