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Live auction - bgr_758144 - ARABIA FELIX - HIMYARITES Denier ou drachme

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Estimate : 500 €
Price : 250 €
Maximum bid : 320 €
End of the sale : 06 September 2022 14:24:11
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Denier ou drachme
Date: c. 30 AC. - 14 AD.
Mint name / Town : Arabie, Pétra
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,29 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan large, centré. Superbe chouette, finement détaillée. Patine grise avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection P.-R. B


Obverse legend : LETTRE ARAMÉENNE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée masculine à droite les cheveux courts dans une couronne fermée.


Reverse legend : LETTRE ARAMÉENNE.
Reverse description : Chouette debout à droite, la tête de face sur une amphore couchée à gauche.


Type inhabituel et particulier. Le revers est directement copié sur le monnayage athénien stéphanophore dit “de nouveau style” tandis que le droit est emprunté au monnayage d’Auguste.

Historical background


(1st century BC - 1st century AD)

The Himyarites are mentioned by Pliny (VI, 161). "Happy Arabia" was not part of the Roman Empire but was very important strategically for controlling the spice and silk route to and from India and China.

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