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A COLLECTION OF 10 BRONZE NABATEAN COINS

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A COLLECTION OF 10 BRONZE NABATEAN COINS
Two types of coins are included in this lot

1) Issued under Aretas IV (9/8 B.C.-69/70 A.D.) and his queen, Shaqilat (39/40-69/70 A.D)

Minted 39-40 A.D.

Obverse: Bust of Aretas and Shaqilat facing right with laurels. Aretas' initial left; Shaqilat's right. Nabatean text “Shalem” above, meaning “whole”.

Reverse: Crossed cornucopiae, three lines of Nabatean, “Ḥartat, Shiqilat” meaning “Aretas, Shaqilat”

2) Issued under Rabbel II Soter and his sister/queen Gamilat (70/71-106 A.D.)

Obverse: Busts of Rabbell and Gamilat facing right with laurels.

Reverse: Crossed cornucopiae, three lines of Nabatean, meaning “Rabbell, Gamilat” between cornucopiae.

In very good condition. Natural patina present.

Diameters: 13-18 mm

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Bibliography:

Meshorer, Nabataea 112

Meshorer, Nabataea 163

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The Nabateans were a trading culture which inhabited the Southern Levant. They remained largely independent until their conquest by Emperor Trajan and their inclusion into the Roman Empire. Even after this conquest, however, their society continued to thrive. They are most commonly associated with the city of Petra in modern Jordan although their significance and influence went far beyond this individual city.


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