South Arabia. Kings of Qataban. ca. 4th to 3rd century BC. Silver tetradrachm.

Ancient Coins - South Arabia. Kings of Qataban. ca. 4th to 3rd century BC. Silver tetradrachm.
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The Kingdom of Qataban was located Baihan valley of Yeman.

Denomination : Silver tetradrachm. 

Reference
: M. Huth, SNR 78, 1999, 37-51 Taf. 6, 1.   Munro-Hay-pl. XLVII, 5.

Size : 21.4 x 22.6 mm.  Weight : 16.92 grams.

Grade : VF

Provenance : ex. Lanz, November 2008 auction 144, lot 321 (unsold on a 600 euro estimate).

Obverse : Head of Athena.  

Reverse : Owl standing right with head forward, with AQE to the right and a crescent moon over the shoulder.

These coins are based on the Athenian tetradrachms of the 4th century BC, but have a copy of features that differentiate them.  The first is that the A on the reverse is much narrower than on the Athenian issues.  The second is that the owl has it head leaning very distinctly to the right, while on the Athenian issues it tends to be much more level relative to the body.  These are by no means the only features that differ, but they are the ones that quickly caught my eye.

Price SKU: vcoin5180
US$ 775.00
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