Ancient Middle Eastern Coins

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Himyarite Kingdom (Modern day Yemen) Silver Coin

The Himyarite Kingdom was part of ancient Yemen, whose capital was Zatar. They were a trading nation between East Africa and the Roman or Mediterranean world. They were known for their trade-in Frankincense and Myrrh and their geographical position made them very important for trade. This choice silver coin is a Scyphate Quinarius from the 1st or 2nd Century AD, so it is about 1800-1900 years old and was struck in Raidan. There is a portrait of a man on one side and a small portrait of a man on the other side. These coins are basically in as struck Mint condition, cup-shaped. We did find a similar coin on an American dealer list about two years ago. It was priced at $195.00 (£150) and had sold quite quickly. Our coins are as nice or better, but our price is far more attractive.

Iran, Khwarezm Copper

The Khwārez-Shāh Dynasty, (c. 1077–1231), was a dynasty that ruled in Central Asia and Iran, by 1218 the empire had a population of around 5 million people. Muhammad II was the penultimate Khwarez-Shah who reigned from 1200-1220. We offer Jitals (small copper/lead alloy coins) of the period from different mints in the area and a number of different types. Offered here us the Khwarez Dynasty Copper.

Silver Drachm of Azes II

This beautiful Silver Drachm was struck between 35 B.C. and A.D. 10 in the reign of the Indo-Scythian king Azes II, from what is now modern Pakistan. The coins from the Indo-Greeks and Indo-Scythians are thought to be the first bi-lingual coin as the legends are in Kharoshti and Greek. They grade Very Fine with the obverse showing the king on horseback and on the reverse Athena standing left. In America, these are sometimes sold as a coin from one the Three Wise Men at Christ’s birth because he was known as the ‘King from the East’.