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Live auction - bgr_441216 - ARABIA FELIX - SABEAN Drachme

ARABIA FELIX - SABEAN Drachme AU/XF
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Estimate : 550 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:36:13
Type : Drachme
Date: c. -300-200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Atelier incertain
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,32 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan quadrangulaire bien centré. Belle tête d’Athéna. Frappe molle au revers avec le coin bouché. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en mai 1993 et provient de Conseils Placements

Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Commentary


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

Historical background


ARABIA FELIX - Sabeans

(III - II century BC)

"Saudi Happy" was very important strategically for the control of the spice route and silk to and from India and China. Trade with the Greek world was very important and ended on the east coast of the Mediterranean in Gaza. Early in the fourth century BC, the Athenian coinage became the benchmark for trade.

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