Ancient Petra Nabataean King Aretas IV, Bronze AE, 9 BC - 40 AD

Denomination: Bronze AE19

Period: Reign of King Aretas IV (time of Imperial Rome and birth of Jesus)

Date: 9 BC - 40 AD

Origin: Nabataean kingdom

Condition: Almost extremely fine, scarce

Obverse: Jugate busts of Aretas IV and his wife

Reverse: Two cornucopias, inscription above, monogram below

Size and Weight: 19mm, 5.33g

References: Meshorer 113, SNG ANS 1438

Features and Provenance: This coin was in circulation at the time of the birth of Jesus, but in a neighbouring kingdom. The Nabataeans built the famous 'Treasury' at Petra and this is thought to be Aretas IV's mausoleum. They were traders of frankincense and myrrh and may well have supplied the 'Three Wise Men' with their presents for the infant Jesus.



Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible






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