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E-auction 514-427276 - brm_596248 - AURELIAN and VABALLATHUS Antoninien

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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 40 €
Maximum bid : 53 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2023 14:27:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Antoninien
Date: 271
Mint name / Town : Antioche
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 50 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,44 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire à l’usure régulière, plus prononcée au revers sur le buste d’Aurélien. Patine verte avec une partie de son argenture superficielle


Obverse legend : VABALATHVS V C R IM D R.
Obverse description : Buste lauré, diadémé (bandeau) et drapé de Vaballath à droite vu de trois quarts en arrière (A*2).
Obverse translation : “Vabalathus Vir Clarissimus Rex Imperator Dux Romanorum”, (Vabalathe, clarissime, roi, empereur, duc des romains).


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


Avec son argenture superficielle.

Historical background



Vaballath, son of Zenobia and Odenath, succeeded his father who was assassinated in 266 or 267. After a period of uncertainty during which the Palmyraeans occupied Syria, Palestine and Egypt while seeming to recognize the authority of Rome (of where the issuance of Antoninianus at the beginning of the reign of Aurelian), relations deteriorated quickly. Vaballath was proclaimed august in 272. Aurelian, after a short campaign, retook Egypt and engaged in a definitive battle which ended with the destruction of Palmyra and the capture of Vaballath and Zenobia, who participated in his triumph in 274.

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