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Ancient Coins of Arabia
Nabataean Kingdom, Rabbel II, 70 - 106 A.D.

|Nabataean| |Kingdom|, |Nabataean| |Kingdom,| |Rabbel| |II,| |70| |-| |106| |A.D.||AE| |15|
Rabbel married Hagru in early 106 A.D. He died soon after and upon his death, Trajan annexed the kingdom. On 22 March 106, Nabataea was incorporated into the new province of Arabia Petraea, with Bosra as its capital.

This type has been identified as very rare but about a dozen specimens have been offered recently. Perhaps a recent find is being disbursed and they will be difficult to find again after these coins are sold.
GB93619. Bronze AE 15, Meshorer Nabataean 164, SNG ANS 1452, F, rough, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 2.666 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Petra mint, 106 A.D.; obverse jugate laureate busts of Rabbel II and Hagru, Rabbel II has long hair and ornament on the top of his head; reverse two crossed cornucopias, Aramaic legend "Rabbel / Hagru" in two lines between the horns; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00
 


Philistia or Arabia, Imitative Athenian Pi-Style Tetradrachm, c. 350 - 330 B.C.

|Arabia|, |Philistia| |or| |Arabia,| |Imitative| |Athenian| |Pi-Style| |Tetradrachm,| |c.| |350| |-| |330| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This coin is from the hoard containing at least 76 Athenian-type owls, both Athenian issues and Egyptian and Levantine imitations, and two silver "dumps" cataloged and discussed by Peter G. van Alfen, in "A New Athenian "Owl" and Bullion Hoard from the Near East" in AJN 16-17 (2004-05), pp. 47-61, and pl. 6-13. The hoard is rumored to have come from the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula.Temple of Fortuna
SH66403. Silver tetradrachm, Van Alfen New, Semitic Style Group II, p. 57 and pl. 11, 57 (this coin); for Athenian prototype see Kroll Pi-Style p. 245, fig. 9, VF, two test cuts on the reverse, irregular flan imitating the typical Athenian flan of the period, weight 16.682 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 270o, Gaza(?) mint, c. 350 - 330 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, the A is missing a portion of one leg, giving the character a form similar to a backward "P" or an Aramaic letter resh; Van Alfen New plate coin; very rare; SOLD


Levant, Egypt, or Arabia, Imitative Athenian Transitional Style Tetradrachm, c. 390 - 330 B.C.

|Arabia|, |Levant,| |Egypt,| |or| |Arabia,| |Imitative| |Athenian| |Transitional| |Style| |Tetradrachm,| |c.| |390| |-| |330| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This coin is from the hoard containing at least 76 Athenian-type owls, both Athenian issues and Egyptian and Levantine imitations, and two silver "dumps" cataloged and discussed by Peter G. van Alfen, in "A New Athenian "Owl" and Bullion Hoard from the Near East" in AJN 16-17 (2004-05), pp. 47-61, and pl. 6-13. The hoard is rumored to have come from the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula. On page 58, Van Alfen identifies this coin as a non-Athenian, an imitative.Temple of Fortuna
GS86471. Silver tetradrachm, Van Alfen New p. 58 & pl. 12, 74 (this coin); countermark: Van Alfen New p. 49, fig. 1; for prototype see: Kroll Pi-Style p. 241, fig. 4, VF, multiple countermarks, edge cracks, weight 16.642 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 270o, non-Athenian Eastern mint, c. 390 - 330 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, quatrefoil countermarks; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, quatrefoil countermarks; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, Van Alfen New plate coin, ex Amphora catalog 98, lot 149; SOLD







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