Ancient Middle Eastern Coins

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Picture of Bull & Horseman Jital from Afghanistan About Very Fine

Bull & Horseman Jital from Afghanistan About Very Fine

These fantastic silver coins are over 1000 years old. They were struck by the Shahi Dynasty who ruled large parts of the region we now know as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Northern India and they controlled both sides of the fabled Khyber Pass. At the end of the 9th century, they lost Kabul to the Muslim invaders and were forced east where they stayed in power for another century until the rise of the Ghaznavid Empire led to the decline and fall of the Shahi Kingdom. On one side is a horseman bearing a lance with a banner and on the other side is a Brahma Bull with a legend in ancient script meaning ‘Honourable Chief Commander’. They are in About Very Fine condition which, considering they are over 1000 years old, is fantastic and our price of £17.95 is even better. These sold out last time and we’re not sure if we’ll be able to get more after this.
£17.95
Darius II 423-404 B.C. Silver Siglos_obv

Darius II 423-404 B.C. Silver Siglos About Very Fine

Darius II was the son of Artaxerxes I. He was King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire from 423 B.C. to 404 B.C. There is little information about his reign other than that he took advantage of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens to play both sides, ultimately choosing to fund Sparta who won. With this happening, he took back most of the Ionian coast of Anatolia (modern Turkey). We have a small amount of his Silver Siglos showing a kneeling figure in a crown (very likely the King) holding a spear/dagger and bow with a quiver on his back. The reverse is just a punch mark as these archaic issues were made for the weight on irregular flans, the reverse was not important. They grade About Very Fine and are almost 2,500 years old. These are very reasonable, they will sell fast!
£160.00
Picture of Himyarite Kingdom (Modern day Yemen) Silver Coin

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.
£75.00
Luristan Bronze Mouflon 900 B.C

Luristan Bronze Mouflon 900 B.C.

We were searching our old stores again and found this small group of Ancient Luristan bronze ‘amulets’ in the form of a Mouflon from approximately 900 B.C. Mouflon are a wild sheep native to the Caspian region, thought to be the ancestor of all modern, domesticated sheep. Some others have been found clumped together near staff fittings suggesting these were ceremonial ornaments with multiple uses. They have a certificate of authenticity and a perfect attachment ring so can still be worn but require a cord which we will leave to you to decide so we can keep them affordable. A 3000 year old Mouflon bronze amulet for your collection or the perfect ‘different’ present for those who are interested in animals or the ancients!
£69.50
Wahram V_Silver_Drachm

Wahram V, Silver Drachm

The Sasanians were the last ruling dynasty of the ancient Persian Empire and controlled what is now Iran from A.D. 224-651. They constantly captured and lost large areas of territory outside Iran and were a major power in Western Asia, even capturing the Roman Emperor Valerian in A.D. 260! Interestingly though they do not leave many direct sources but the rulers were keen on producing coins to spread their name, so their coinage provides a direct insight into their world and the system of mints which spanned their empire. This means we are offering you the best way to learn about these peoples and a coin for your collection! Adding to this these are high quality silver drachms, containing around 95% pure silver which is about as good as it was technically possible to achieve at that point in history. We have two small groups in an exceptional grade from the Scarce consecutive rulers Yazdgerd I and Wahram V, his son. The obverse of the coins show the bust of the ruler facing right with their name written in front and various honorary titles behind the neck. The reverse shows an altar with the holy fire guarded by two standing figures. To the left of the altar is usually the regnal year and to the right is the mint mark (siglum). Presented here is the Wahram V Silver Drachm The best thing about these coins is their grade, they are virtually as struck and as good as you will get. Own an exotic piece of history from this enigmatic empire!
£129.50
Bronze_windows_Mite

Widow's Mite

This small bronze coin was the smallest coin in Jewish currency, issued ca 103-76BC. It is best known because of what Jesus Christ said about it. When a widow gave one as a gift for charity, a merchant made fun of her. Jesus said (Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1), ‘This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast in the treasury’. In other words, the Mite or Prutah meant more to that woman than the gold given by the rich man. We have a nice selection of these small, well circulated, and important bronze coins. Great as a gift as most people have heard of the fabled Widow’s Mite. Don’t expect them to be anything but a small crudely struck bronze coin, but do expect to have something that is rather important in history as well as in life.
£19.50
Yazdgerd I_Silver_Drachm_obv

Yazdgerd I, Silver Drachm

The Sasanians were the last ruling dynasty of the ancient Persian Empire and controlled what is now Iran from A.D. 224-651. They constantly captured and lost large areas of territory outside Iran and were a major power in Western Asia, even capturing the Roman Emperor Valerian in A.D. 260! Interestingly though they do not leave many direct sources but the rulers were keen on producing coins to spread their name, so their coinage provides a direct insight into their world and the system of mints which spanned their empire. This means we are offering you the best way to learn about these peoples and a coin for your collection! Adding to this these are high quality silver drachms, containing around 95% pure silver which is about as good as it was technically possible to achieve at that point in history. We have two small groups in an exceptional grade from the Scarce consecutive rulers Yazdgerd I and Wahram V, his son. The obverse of the coins show the bust of the ruler facing right with their name written in front and various honorary titles behind the neck. The reverse shows an altar with the holy fire guarded by two standing figures. To the left of the altar is usually the regnal year and to the right is the mint mark (siglum). Presented here is the Yazdgered I Silver Drachm. The best thing about these coins is their grade, they are virtually as struck and as good as you will get. Own an exotic piece of history from this enigmatic empire!
£129.50