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Country Hadhramautic Kingdom
(Southern Arabia)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 100 BC - 100 AD
Value Unit (1)
Composition Bronze
Weight 62.80 g
Diameter 47 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes

Obverse

Male head with long hair to right; behind, 𐩣 ('m' in South Arabian); before, 𐩬𐩺𐩪 ('syn' in South Arabian).

Reverse

Eagle standing right with wings spread; to left, 𐩧𐩤𐩦 ('sqr' in South Arabian); to right, 𐩠𐩦𐩺 ('ysh' in South Arabian).

Comments

CNG 99 (2015), lot 375.
Munro-Hay pl. IX, 257

There has been some debate over the dating of these large cast bronzes, with suggestions ranging from the 1st century BC to as late as the 4th century AD. Perhaps they were produced and circulated over a longer period of time, which might also explain the great weight differences in the series, which range from 16.00 to 87.85 g. In addition, no final conclusion over the interpretation of the legends has been reached to date, but it seems clear that 'syn' refers to the moon god sayin (or sin), whereas 'sqr' stands for a Hadrami coin and 'ysh', perhaps, for a personal name (Yashur?). (source: Leu Numismatik AG Auction 4 catalog, lot 384)

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ND (100 BC - 100 AD) 

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