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Live auction - bgr_825925 - PHOENICIA - BYBLOS Shekel

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Estimate : 25 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 05 March 2024 14:27:39
Type : Shekel
Date: c. 450-425 AC.
Mint name / Town : Byblos, Phénicie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 12,90 g.
Rarity : R3
slab NGC
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan bien centré à l’usure régulière. Joli sphinx. Patine gris foncé
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Monnaie avec son certificat d’exportation n° 225384 délivré par le Ministère français de la Culture. Exemplaire sous coque NGC XF (Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Sphinx couché à gauche portant la double couronne d’Egypte .


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARAMÉENNE.
Reverse description : Hippocampe passant à gauche dans un carré creux.


Exemplaire de la plus grande rareté. Un seul autre exemplaire est connu et passé à la vente en 2008 (NAC, 46, lot n° 291).

Historical background


(400-376 BC)

Azbaal - king

Byblos, also known as "Gebal", the modern Jbaïl, is located 30 km north of Beirut, the ancient Beryte. For the 4th century BC, we know the names of the following kings: Elpaal, Azbaal, Adramelek and Ainel. They all have the same monetary typology.

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