Sabaean Kingdom, 3rd century BC


This coin was minted in modern day Yemen in the 3rd century BC. It is shown to establish how ancient peoples incorporated the signs of the heavens into daily life. Like the previous post with Gaza, the Sabaean coins were imitative of Athenian drachmas. The "Theta" symbol has been replaced with a solid circular symbol. A lunar crescent is beside it on the reverse. The Sabaeans worshiped the sun god Almaqah. This circular solid Theta may represent the sun. The Sabaean culture is Semitic. The Sabaeans killed Job's servants and cattle in the Bible. This was also the biblical kingdom of Sheba. Photo Ancient Imports

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