Rare silver 1/2 unit, Yadʾab Yanuf, 1-100 AD, HRB mint, Qataban, Arabia

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Head left (?); YD‘’B | YNF (king’s name in South Arabian) above, ‘oblong symbol’ (of ‘Anbi) to right, monogram to left, ḤRB (mint name in South Arabian) below / Crude long-haired head right. 13mm, 1.61 grams. ḤRB mint, CAF 3.27i; Huth 382–4; cf. Zeno 186869.


Rare with the head left on the reverse.

Qataban was an ancient South Semitic-speaking kingdom of South Arabia that existed from the early 1st millennium BCE to the late 1st or 2nd centuries CE. It was centered around the Wādī Bayhān, and its capital was the city of Timnaʿ. It was one of the six ancient South Arabian kingdoms of ancient Yemen, along with Sabaʾ, Maʿīn, Ḥaḍramawt, Ḥimyar and Awsān. The kingdom of Qatabān came to an end when Ḥaḍramawt and Ḥimyar divided its territories among themselves and annexed them in the late 1st century CE.



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