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CNG 111, Lot: 398. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NABATAEA. Obodas II, with Hagaru I. 30-9 BC. AR Sela’ – “Drachm” (16.5mm, 4.67 g, 12h). Post-reform coinage. Petra mint(?). Uncertain date (prob. before RY 17). Laureate head of Obodas right, of unusual style / Diademed and veiled head of Hagaru right; “date” across field. Barkay, King, Sup. IA (same dies as illustration), otherwise unpublished. VF, toned, some roughness. Extremely rare, possibly the second known with this “date” in the field, only one noted by Barkay.

Barkay noted the unusual style of this issue, and suggested that it was either due to an inexperienced die engraver or, perhaps, the product of a different workshop than that which produced the bulk of Obodas’ coinage.