Arabian Felix. Sabaean (?). Silver didrachm. 3rd to 4th century BC.

Ancient Coins - Arabian Felix.  Sabaean (?).  Silver didrachm.  3rd to 4th century BC.
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Denomination : Silver didrachm.

Date : I don't think the dating of this issue is really well fixed, but is though to be roughly the 4th to early 3rd century BC.  The attribution to the Sabaean's is tentative, but it certainly comes from the Arabian Felix region.

Size : 17.8 x 19.5 mm.  Weight : 8.71 grams.

Reference : A nearly identical specimen (possibly one or both of the same dies) is listed in Nomismata 5 (Munro-Hays) on plate LXI #2.    The obverse also has a vague similarity to a Northern Arabia Felix tetradrachm illustrated by Sear (GreeK) as #6130, and may be an earlier issue of that series.

Grade : gVF

Obverse : Head of Athena right, copied from a 449 to 413 BC period Athenian tetradrachm.

Reverse : Owl standing right, with an olive sprig and crescent moon over its shoulder, with a AQE to the right, also copied directly from an Athenian tetradrachm of the 413 BC or earlier period.

This is a very rare type, of fairly nice quality, important to those studying the ancient imitations of Athens.

Provenance: ex Darcy Phalen collection.

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