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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.
RA89964. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3113, BnF XII 1259, Göbl MIR 353a8, Venèra 10809, RIC V-2 381, Cohen VI 1, SRCV III 11718, Hunter IV -, Choice aVF, full boarders strike, weak centers, light deposits, 8th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 3.242g, maximum diameter 21.1mm, die axis 180o
, Nov 270 - Mar 272 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, from the front, H below; reverse VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus right, from behind; $100.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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