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Offline Quant.Geek

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Nabataea: Aretas IV (9 BCE - 40 CE) with Shaqilat Æ Unit (Meshorer-112)

Obv: Heads of king and queen, jugate, facing right, with or without Nabataean inscriptions above and below (Whole, initial for Shaqilat)
      

Rev: Cornucopiae, crossed; Nabataean inscription in three lines (Aretas / Shaqi / lat)




Note: Nabataean is read right-to-left similar to Hebrew and Arabic.  Hebrew equivalent of Nabataean is also provided as most scholarly articles and books use Hebrew for the inscription.

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Re: Nabataea: Aretas IV (9 BCE - 40 CE) with Shaqilat Æ Unit (Meshorer-112)
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 11:06:02 AM »
Very nice indeed! The sand patina brings out the design, showing its sophistication, which is not always evident from worn specimen. Good to see you researching the font. It is an often overlooked aspect of numismatics.

Peter
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