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Live auction - bgr_840014 - NUMIDIA - KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA - MASINISSA or MICIPSA Unité

NUMIDIA - KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA - MASINISSA or MICIPSA Unité XF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 75 €
Maximum bid : 80 €
End of the sale : 09 July 2024 14:24:18
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Unité
Date: c. 150-120 AC.
Mint name / Town : Cirta, Numidie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,51 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Usure régulière. Patine marron et sable
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse legend : INSCRIPTION PUNIQUE (MN).
Reverse description : Cheval bondissant à gauche.

Commentary


Les lettres (MN) pourraient être interprétées comme une date.

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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