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PHOENICIA, Sidon. Baalshillem (Sakton) II. Circa 401-365 BC. AR Dishekel


PHOENICIA, Sidon. Baalshillem (Sakton) II. Circa 401-365 BC. AR Dishekel (30mm, 27.94 g, 1h). Phoenician pentekonter left; Phoenician B above, waves below / King of Persia and driver in chariot drawn by two horses left; behind, attendant standing left. E&E-S 587 94 var. (D29/R unlisted rev. die) Betlyon 18; Rouvier 1096; HGC 10, 236. Near VF, toned. From the Daniel Koppersmith Collection. Ex Morton & Eden 49 (9 June 2011), lot 251. Ex CNG 94 Lot 753

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I've long wanted a nice example of this coin with a good depiction of the crown of upper Egypt. This example clearly shows an Egyptian pharoah walking submissively behind the king of Persia's chariot. This may be a controversial interpretation, but the crown worn by the attendant is clearly conical and I know of no other civilization with a crown like that. -h
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I also wanted one for quite awhile and got tired of waiting. I always liked the depiction of the procession. Great piece of propaganda. Also liked the more primitive nature of the flan. A nice, big hunk of silver.


Not the best condition, but good enough for now. These are gorgeous in EF condition, when you can find one. The later series by Abdashtart, pop up more often and also tend to be in better condition. But I prefer these older ones.

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