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Vabalathus Antoninianus

000_2669.JPG000_2666.JPG000_2665.JPG000_2663.JPG000_2662.JPG000_2660.JPG000_2657.JPG000_2656.JPG000_2655.JPG000_2654.JPG000_2652.JPG000_2651.JPGVabalathus Antoninianus, Dux Romanorum AD 266-271, Emperor AD 271-272, RIC 381; Van Meter 1 for Vabalathus, 4.71 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus facing right, VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Reverse: radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, a very lovely coin with light chocolate brown toning and very, very subtle green and red highlights (much more subtle than my photography shows), wonderful portraits of Vabalathus and Aurelian, full and sharp legends on both sides, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased this coin notes of it: “The reverse [Aurelian] looks a little rough because of the partial silvering on the reverse, the surfaces are really quite good. There is about 80% silvering on the obverse [Vabalathus].” A beautiful coin of these less than enamored with each other “co-rulers,” well centered and struck, Asking price: $117 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2649.JPG

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Aurelian and Vabalathus Antoninianus

000_1962.JPG000_1961.JPG000_1960.JPG000_1969.JPG000_1968.JPG000_1967.JPG000_1959.JPG000_1958.JPG000_1974.JPG000_1973.JPG000_1971.JPGAurelian and Vabalathus Antoninianus, Emperor (Aurelian, that is!) AD 270-275. I suppose I should have this as Vabalathus antoninianus, as it was struck by the Palmyrenes around AD 266-271 in Antioch, RIC 381; Van Meter 1 (under Vabalathus), 3.16 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus facing right, VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Reverse: radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, very light chocolate brown toning with sparkling silvering shining through, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin describes it as 90% silvering, and it sparkles evenly through the light toning, wonderful portraits of the young and brash (or mama’s boy) “Vir Clarissimus Rex Imperator Dux Romanorum” and the Emperor, full and crisply clear legends on both sides of the coin with the exception of the S in VABALATHVS not fully struck up (metal clogging the original die?), some very, very light reddish toning or encrustations on the coin on both sides, but I find these very attractive, especially in hand, and wouldn’t recommend removing them, for Heaven’s sake! I think they add to the overall effect of the toning and silvering. The flash in Aurelian’s eyes, by the way, in the photos with the light shining from the right of the coin is just that, a flash on some silvering, and of course does not appear this way in hand! A lovely coin, Asking price: $117 includes priority shipping and insurance000_1970.JPG

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Aurelian and Vabalathus Antoninianus

000_4806.JPG000_4805.JPG000_4804.JPG000_4803.JPG000_4802.JPG000_4801.JPG000_4800.JPG000_4798.JPG000_4796.JPG000_4795.JPG000_4794.JPG000_4792.JPG000_4791.JPG000_4789.JPG000_4788.JPG000_4787.JPG000_4785.JPG000_4784.JPG000_4783.JPG000_4782.JPG000_4780.JPG000_4779.JPG000_4778.JPG000_4777.JPGAD 271-272, minted at Antioch, RIC V pt. 1, 381; Gobl 353a; Cohen I; Van Meter 1 for Vabalathus, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus facing right, seen from behind, VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Reverse: radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, (Greek letter for Delta below), a very (!) lovely, sharp, and detailed coin with beautiful dark brown toning, slightly more so than my photography shows, superb, detailed and expressionistic portraits of Aurelian and his somewhat presumptuous and mother-driven “co-ruler” Vabalathus, full and very crisp and sharp legends on both obverse and reverse, graded Choice Very Fine/Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it (and this was back in the days when Choice Very Fine denoted a VERY nice coin indeed and was a very high grade!), well struck and centered with a full border of beads on both sides, an exceptional coin of this issue in my opinion, and having one of the very best portraits of Vabalathus I’ve seen, a very scarce type and a lovely coin, Asking price: $495 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_4776.JPG

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