Himyarite 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 dealers 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.