A Few Additional Nabataean Coins

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Deacon Ray, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    I’ve added several to my collection but the biggest change is my attempt to attribute them. I know there are some Nabataean experts and enthusiasts here on the Forum. Feel free to advise and correct me on any of these attributions.

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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    I didn't know you had that many members of your Nabetean squad DR!

    Here is a budget Nabetean I purchased from David Conners on vcoins..
    Nabatean Kingdom, Aretas IV 9 BC -40 AD

    O: Laureate head of Aretas, H (heth) left
    R: Crossed cornucopias, 14 mm, 2.5 g.

    This one he was nice to enough to include for free.


    Nabatean Kingdom, Aretas IV, 9 BC - 40 AD
    O: jugate busts of Aretas IV and Shuqailat(off flan), R: cross cornucopias. "Aretas (off flan)/Shuqai/lat. Petra mint. 16x18 mm, 3.3 g
  4. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Great looking collection and so well presented!...I've only just started to collect this series...Just quickly skimming through the legends maybe 3rd row 2nd and 3rd coins... 4th row 1st coin seem to have a different letter script to the normal Aretas IV Shuqailat? Just an observation...
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  5. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Thank you, @Spaniard , I see the ones you’re referring to.
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  6. Spaniard

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    Maybe this will help....This is my only example of Aretas IV (Haritat), with Shaqilath..9BC-40AD AE unit Petra mint. It does have a nicely detailed reverse..
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  7. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Beautiful reverse! You have an eye for detail. I know that Mr. @John Anthony is a collector of Nabataeans and perhaps he could shed some light on the differences or at least recommend a text on the subject.
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  8. Spaniard

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    Thanks! I acquired this beauty from member @Finn235...I know he also collects this series and is quite knowledgeable of the script...As I said I'm no expert so the coins I pointed out although not following the normal legend style could possibly be a variation but I'm not sure....But I will be following this interesting thread..Thanks for posting...And again SUPER presentation...
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  9. Badger Mint

    Badger Mint Active Member

    This post is quite timely. Several years back I was given a baggie of Nabataen coins which ended up on the back of the desk as I don't collect the series. Having a little spare time, I have decided to give it a shot. what would you recommend as a reference for IDing these pieces? also, what is the market for Nabataen coins, what prices do the average pieces command, are there rarities that command a significant premium? I rarely sell coins, but it is nice to know what they are worth.


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  10. Spaniard

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    I'm pretty sure now that the coins..'3rd row 2nd and 3rd coin' and '4th row 1st coin' are of Rabbell II and Gamilat...And as you know the script is read from right to left..
    Here's a breakdown, and you have the coins in hand whats you thoughts?
    GAB SCRIPT.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2019
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  11. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    Awesome collection, Deacon Ray!:woot:

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  12. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    The prices are low to modest but that’s what makes them a great choice for a collector who doesn’t have a big allowance. Many of them can be acquired for under $20.00. Some of them are rare, however, and can be quite valuable.
  13. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    I was fascinated by them the first time I saw one of them. Your Aretas IV and Shuqailat coin for example. I love the simple stylized portraits.
  14. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    My thoughts are: Thank you my friend, for taking the time to help me with these! I think you’re right on with your assessment. I’m delighted to hear that I have a variety of rulers represented. :singing:
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  16. David@PCC

    David@PCC allcoinage.com

    Nice poster as usual @deacon2828

    That's very useful, I was trying to decipher the year on this drachm and believe it is RY 21 12/13 AD and appears to be unpublished.
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