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Extremely Rare Early Silver from the Kabul Valley

CNG 102, Lot: 649. Estimate $500.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Uncertain mint in the Kabul Valley. Circa 500-380 BC. AR Half Shatamana (19mm, 4.72 g). Uncertain geometric symbol: central pellet with three rays emanating from it and flanked by two crescents, each with horns outward / Geometric design in three registers – upper is a series of five vertical lines; middle is a large annulet flanked by an arrow-shaped symbol right and two pellets, and an X with pellets; bottom is a pair of symbols flanking central arrow – each register separated by a line. Cf. Caboul Hoard Groupe 3, 37; cf. Bopearachchi & Rahman 9; cf. ATEC 2071; HGC 12, 754. VF for type, traces of deposits and several small flan splits. Extremely rare.