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bgr_728011 - NUMIDIA - KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA - MASINISSA or MICIPSA Unité

NUMIDIA - KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA - MASINISSA or MICIPSA Unité VF
100.00 €(Approx. 108.00$ | 86.00£)
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 150-120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cirta, Numidie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 25,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 12,21 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée à l’usure régulière. Joli portrait. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée et barbue du roi (Masinissa ou Micipsa) à gauche.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval passant à gauche levant l’antérieur gauche ; au-dessus, une étoile à six rais ; trois globules posés en triangle sous le poitrail.

Commentary


Ce type anépigraphe est frappé à partir de la fin du IIIe siècle avant J.-C. et le sera pendant près d’un siècle. Ce type avec le cheval levant l’antérieur droit semble plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


NUMIDIA - KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA - MASINISSA or MICIPSA

(203-148 BC)

The Numidians were nomads. Their leader, Massinissa made his appearance in history at the time of the second Punic war. He betrayed the Carthaginians and became an ally of the Romans and Scipio. Great winner in Africa after the battle of Zama in 202 BC, he carved out a kingdom in North Africa at the gates of Carthage. He spent the next fifty years consolidating his kingdom and challenging Carthage using the Romans. He died at the start of the Third Punic War (149-146 BC). His eldest son, Micipsa succeeded him with his two brothers and reigned for thirty years.

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