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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.
RA87980. Billon antoninianus
3103, BnF XII
1241, GŲbl MIR
353a2, Hunter IV
5, RIC V-2
381, Cohen VI
1, SRCV III
gVF, well centered
, brown tone, areas of porosity
, somewhat ragged edge, 2nd officina
, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
3.112g, maximum diameter
20.6mm, die axis
, Nov 270 - Mar 272 A.D.; obverse IMP C
AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate
and cuirassed bust
right, from the front, B below; reverse
VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust
right, from behind; $150.00
Catalog current as of Friday, April 19, 2019.
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