The Himyarite Confederacy ruled Ancient Yemen,
an important stop on the trade routes to India.
Though never conquered by the Romans, their
coinage reflects a Classical influence. This
concave coin, base on Athenian prototypes,
bears the portrait of a beardless man who
resembles the Roman Emperor Augustus. Even in
a world that seems as far away to our age as
Classical Antiquity, this was a token of distant
and exotic land.