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    ARABIA. Qataban. Imitating Athens. Ca. 4th-3rd centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (24mm, 17.04 gm, 7h). About XF, test punch. Helmeted head of Athena right, wearing Attic attic helmet ornamented with three laurel leaves and vince scroll, earring decorated with coiled serpent motif, eye in true profile / AΘE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square. HGC 10, 706. Munro-Hay 1.0.4. Huth 326. P. van Alfen, "The 'owls' from the 1989 Syria hoard," AJN 14 (2002), 92-97.

    The Kingdom of Qataban arose in southern Arabia in the sixth century BC as a vassal state of Saba (Biblical Sheba). By the mid-300s BC, Qataban had become independent and was striking its own coinage, largely modeled on the popular Athenian "owl" tetradrachms and drachms. These imitiative "owl" coins were previously attributed as Sabaean, but the new classification put forth by Oliver Hoover in "Handbook of Coins of the Southern Levant" (HGC 10) should be considered current according to the latest research. 

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