IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian r.; below,S. / VABALATHVS V C R I M O R Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. 20mm, 3.89 grams. Antioch mint, RIC381. C 1.
Beautiful high quality coin with some of the original silvering.
Not completely cleaned, better than the scan. Lucius Iulius Aurelius Septimius Vaballathus Athenodorus (266-273) was a king of the Palmyrene Empire. Vaballathus is the Latinized form of his name in the Arabic language, Wahb Allat ("gift of the Goddess"). As the Arabian goddess Allat came to be identified with Athena, he used Athenodorus as the Greek form of his name.