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Vabalathus

Julius Aurelius Septimius Vabalathus
Usurper (AD 272)

Son of Zenobia and Odaenathus, he was proclaimed Augustus by his mother at Palmyra in AD 272 in defiance of Aurelian, who raised an army to reconquer the eastern part of the empire. Zenobia's army was defeated and the short lived Palmyran kingdom was again brought into the Roman fold


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Vabalathus

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Coins of Vabalathus currently available

Vabalathus
Bronze antoninianus issued AD 270-272.
Obv: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate draped bust of Aurelian right, Δ below.
Good Fine   |   AUD $45.00
Vabalathus
Bronze antoninianus issued AD 270-272.
Obv: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate draped bust of Aurelian right, Ζ below.
Good Fine   |   AUD $50.00
Vabalathus
Silvered bronze antoninianus issued AD 270-272.
Obv: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Laureate, draped bust facing right.
Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust of Aurelian right.
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $220.00