A ROMAN ANTONINIANUS OF AURELIAN AND VABALATHUS
Please refer to our stock # V.6 when inquiring.
Antioch Mint, 271/272 A.D.
Obverse: Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right. H officina mark below. IMP C AVRELIANUS AVG.
Reverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus facing right. VABALATHVS V C R IM D R.
In very fine condition with natural patina present.
Diameter: 20.4 mm; Weight: 3.3 g
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Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Reference: RIC V Part 1, 381
Vabalathus became king of the Palmyrene Empire in 266 following the death of his father. Initially his rule was recognized the Roman Emperor Aurelian resulting in coinages being minted depicting both figures. This ended, however, in 272/3 A.D. when Aurelian sacked Palmyra and took both Vabalathus and his mother Zenobia to Rome as hostages.