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Live auction - bgr_766323 - ARABIA FELIX - SABEAN Drachme

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Estimate : 300 €
Price : 175 €
Maximum bid : 175 €
End of the sale : 25 October 2022 14:25:08
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Drachme
Date: c. -300-200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Atelier incertain (Timna)
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 5,13 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée à l’usure régulière. Joli portrait d’Athéna. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête casquée d’Athéna à droite, coiffée du casque attique ; la joue contremarquée d’un N.


Reverse description : Chouette debout à droite, la tête de face ; derrière, un croissant et une pousse d’olivier.
Reverse legend : AQE.
Reverse translation : (Athènes).


Sur cet exemplaire, le style est encore “grec”. Ce monnayage est librement inspiré par le monnayage intermédiaire d’Athènes.

Historical background


(3rd - 2nd century BC)

"Happy Arabia" was strategically very important for controlling the spice and silk route to and from India and China. Trade with the Greek world was very important and ended on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, in Gaza. From the beginning of the 4th century BC, the Athenian coinage became the reference for exchanges.

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