Author Topic: Aurelian CONSERVAT AVG from Antioch...Vabalathus commemoration?  (Read 688 times)

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This coin has an unusual representation of a captive...he is prone and being trampled by Sol. I think it might be a commemoration of Aurelian's victory over Vabalathus. The coin is from Antioch, which is the same mint that Vabalathus was striking coins. The new RIC site by Estiot dates these coins to A.D. 274- 275 and even describes the prone figure as wearing "oriental dress"

Surely this coin is a commemoration of the destruction of the rebellious Palymerene Empire, but just perhaps the prone figure represents Vabalathus.

A.D. 274- 275
20x23mm   4.1gm
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG; radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
CONSERVAT AVG; Sol walking right, holding sceptre and globe and trampling on recumbent captive. 
In ex. XXI
RIC V Antioch 383