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AE17 of Nabataea, Aretas IV

Bronze AE17, 17mm, 4.20gm, issued c. 9 BC - AD 40

Obv: Conjoined busts of Aretas and Queen Shaqilath.

Rev: Double cornucopiae.

References: Sear 5699.

When King Obadas III of Nabataea died in 9 BC, Aretas claimed the throne, reluctantly confirmed by Augustus. His daughter later married King Herod Antipas of Judaea, but after Antipas mistreated her, she fled back to her father, causing a war between the two Roman client kingdoms.

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