SABAKES, PERSIAN-EGYPT AE
Nicolet-Pierre, Monnaies type B, pl. 26 , Good Very Fine, countermark (galley?), 11.7mm, 1.14 grams, Struck Circa. 335 - 333 B.C.E.
Obverse: Head of Satrap Sabaces right, wearing Persian Bashlyk headdress
Reverse: Archer crouching right, drawing bow, Aramaic inscription naming Sabakes to left
An EXTREMELY RARE coin, hardly ever seen in CHOICE condition with possibly the most complete inscription. We found only two example sold, one a poor example in 2003 here and another nice example in 2011 although off center with a more partial inscription here.
Sabakes was an important player in the eventual domination of Alexander the Great over the Greek world. He was the penultimate Persian Satrap in Egypt under Darius III and fell in battle against Alexander at Issus. His successor surrended Egypt to Alexander in 332 B.C.E.