Antoninianus of the 'usurper' Vabalathus

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  1. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    I recently picked up a nice Antoninianus of the 'usurper' Vabalathus.

    Vabalathus and Aurelian. 271/272 AD.
    Antoninianus. AE22.8mm., 3.41gm.
    Obv: VABALATHVS VCRIM DR, laureate, draped bust of Vabalathus right
    Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust of Aurelian right.
    Officina letter Epsilon below.
    Mint: Antioch.
    RIC 381. Cohen 1; Sear 11718.

    VABALATHUS 271-2 RIC.Vi.Antioch 381e.jpg

    Please share your Vabalathus coins.
     
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  3. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Okeedoke!

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  4. randygeki

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  5. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    now that's a nice coin Tcat7:)
     
  6. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Here's mine. Not much to add except that there does not appear to be any agreement about which side is the obverse and which is the reverse.
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    Vabalathus
    King, A.D.267-270/1
    Augustus, A.D. 270/1-272

    Billon Antoninianus
    Antioch mint
    Obv: VABALATHVS VCRIMDR - Laurate bust of Valabathus, draped
    Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG - Radiate bust of Aurelian, cuirassed
    A in exergue
    RIC (Aurelian) 381
    20mm, 3.9g.

    So far we have officinas E, S and A represented. Can we come up with all 9?

    And does anyone have an exclusive Vabalathus example?
     
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  7. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I already posted this coin. But that's the only one of Vabalathus that I own. It's big. Vabalath O.JPG Vabalathu R   Aurelian.JPG
     
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

    Nothing unique about this example. Officina Є for me.

    Vabalathus and Aurelian antoninianus.jpg
     
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  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

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  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    VABALATHUS:

    Why did Aurelian waste his time on this guy and Mommy?
    RI Vabalathus 271-272 CE and Aurelian AE Ant.jpg
    RI Vabalathus 271-272 CE and Aurelian AE Ant
     
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  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter in hoc signo vinces

    Well, they did show up in Aurelian's triumph and I believe both Vabalathus' and Zenobia's lives were spared. Kind of uncommon for the third century. Here's mine.

    vabalathus1.jpg

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  12. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

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    Vabalathus (270 - 275 A.D.)
    AE Antoninianus
    O: VABALATHVS V CRIMDR, Laureate and draped bust right.
    R: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate and draped bust right.
    Antioch
    20mm
    3.3g
    RIC-381
     
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  13. Blake Davis

    Blake Davis Member

    Outside of the "Augustan Histories" are there any sources for the reign of Aurelian? This was a time of terrific upset - too bad not much has survived.
     
  14. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark Date Nolite Rogare

    There are a couple of pages in Zosimus on him.
     
  15. dlhill132

    dlhill132 Member

    Nice coins all.
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