SIX NABATEAN BRONZE COINS OF ARETAS II
Please refer to our stock # bc.10 when inquiring.
Damascus Mint; c. 110-96 BCE
Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena facing right.
Reverse: Nike advancing right, wreath in right hand.
In very fine condition.
Weight: 3.38g; Diameter: 16.6mm
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A ruler of the Nabatean kingdom in what is now northern Arabia and the southern Levant, Aretas II is credited with beginning the minting of coins in the empire, making these small bronze coins highly significant in the history of the Near East. He belongs to the Hellenistic era, as evidenced by the iconography on these coins and was a contemporary of the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus. While there are many archaeological sites of the Nabateans the most famous is by far Petra in Jordan where the artistic and architectural prowess of this civilization in the most clearly felt.