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E-auction 325-241122 - AURELIAN and VABALLATHUS Antoninien

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Estimate : 45 €
Price : 17 €
Maximum bid : 25 €
End of the sale : 08 July 2019 14:25:00
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Antoninien
Date: novembre 270 - mars 272
Date: 270-272
Mint name / Town : Antioche
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 20 ‰
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,84 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine sombre
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Obverse legend : VABALATHVS V C R IM D R.
Obverse description : Buste lauré et diadémé (bandeau), drapé de Vaballath à droite vu de trois quarts en arrière (A*2).
Obverse translation : “Vabalathus Vir Clarissimus Rex Imperator Dux Romanorum”, (Vaballath, clarissime, roi, empereur, duc des Romains).


Reverse legend : IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG//.
Reverse description : Buste radié et cuirassé d'Aurélien à droite vu de trois quarts en avant (B).
Reverse legend : D.
Reverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Aurelianus Augustus”, (L'empereur césar Aurélien auguste).


Poids lourd. Au droit, rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Ptéryges invisibles sous le paludamentum. Au revers, rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées. Cuirasse lisse. Ptéryges cloutées.

Historical background



Vaballath, son of Zenobia and Odenath, succeeded his assassinated father in 266 or 267. After a period of uncertainty where Palmyréens occupied Syria, Palestine and Egypt while seeming to recognize the authority of Rome (hence the antoninianii issue early in the reign of Aurelian), relations deteriorated quickly. Vaballath was proclaimed in august 272. Aurelian, after a short campaign, took Egypt and hired a final battle that ended with the destruction of Palmyra and capture Vaballath and Zenobia who participated in his Triumph in 274.

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