Egypt under Persian rule. The Satrap Sabakes. 340 to 333 BC. Silver tetradrachm.

Ancient Coins - Egypt under Persian rule.  The Satrap Sabakes.  340 to 333 BC.  Silver tetradrachm.
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Sabakes was a Persian satrap in Egypt who was killed in battle against Alexander the Great at Issos.

Denomination : Silver tetradrachm.

Date : Sabakes ruled Egypt from 340 to 33 BC.

Size : 24.3 x 25.3 mm   Weight : 16.95 grams.

Reference : Van Alfen Type III, 29 (O11/R23); Nicolet-Pierre, Monnaies 23 (O11/R23); SNG Copenhagen (Ptolemies) 4 (same obv. die); countermarks: Van Alfen 3 and 41.  Sear 6238

Grade : VF with minor roughness.  Slightly toned.

Obverse : Head of Athena right.

Reverse : Owl standing right, with an olive sprig and crescent moon over its shoulder, with and uncertain Aramaic inscription to the left, and an Aramaic inscription naming Sabakes (SWYK) along with a symbol associated with Sabakes, to the right. There are two countermarks, one on the owls body, and one immediately to the right.

Provenance : ex Darcy Phalen collection. ex CNG Sept. 21, 2005 mail bid sale 70, lot 418 (were it sold for $1400 + the 15% buyers premium = $1610.00)

This is a fairly rare issue, with only four specimens recorded in coinarchives (one of those appeared twice).   This is the only one of the four that has the Aramaic inscription to the left of the owl.

Price SKU: vcoin4750
US$ 1,895.00
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  • CHF 1,853.26
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Rates for: 04/24/18

Ships from: Canada
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