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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 476. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NABATAEA. A collection of thirty-five lead coins of the Kings of Nabatatea. 2nd century BC-2nd century AD. Helmeted head right / Nike left. Hoover 1 // Head of king right / Nike left. Hoover 5-12, plus two unlisted (10) // Head of king right // Bull left. Hoover 28-35, plus one unlisted (9) // Head of king right / Bull left; letter above. Hoover 40, plus one unlisted (2) // Head of king right / Bull right. Hoover 41. // Head of Zeus-Hadad right / Bull left, with or without legend above. Hoover 43-50, 53, 57, 58, 60 (12) Average Fair to Fine. Thirty-five (35) coins in lot. Rare. ($500)

Y. Meshorer published one Nabataean lead coin in his 1975 corpus, of the type head of king right / Nike left. Since that date a few more pieces have been found in archaeological excavations, and several small groups have appeared in the market. Oliver Hoover will be summarizing the current state of our knowledge of these obscure items in an article in the forthcoming Israel Numismatic Journal, where the present specimens are listed among the sixty pieces recorded. This lot comprises most of the known Nabataean lead coins in private hands.