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E-auction 444-356143 - bgr_698550 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Demi-shekel d’argent ou drachme

ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Demi-shekel d’argent ou drachme VG/VF
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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 23 €
Maximum bid : 99 €
End of the sale : 18 October 2021 14:00:30
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Demi-shekel d’argent ou drachme
Date: c. 216-211 AC.
Mint name / Town : Campanie, Capoue
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Weight : 4,1 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée, un joli revers. Patine hétérogène
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Tanit à gauche, couronnée d’épis avec collier et pendants d’oreilles.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval au pas à droite surmonté d’un uraeus (disque solaire).


La fabrication de ce type semble bien carthaginoise bien qu’il se rencontre dans les trésors d’Italie du Sud. Le style est purement “grec”, fin et équilibré en particulier pour le cheval au revers. Nous n’avons pas relevé de liaison de coin pertinente.

Historical background

Zeugitana - CARTHAGE

(Third century BC)

Carthage was founded in 814 BC, according to tradition by settlers from Tyre. Virgil immortalized the deadly conflict that would oppose Carthage and Rome in the Aeneid, featuring Aeneas, who wanted to go to Italy, and the Queen of Carthage, Dido, who wanted to keep with him. Before committing suicide after her departure, she launched the curse that would have weighed on Rome and Carthage to the destruction of the latter by the former in 146 BC between the fifth and fourth century BC - C., the most formidable enemies of the Carthaginians in the Western Mediterranean were the Greeks of Southern Italy and Sicily. Gelo had already crushed the Carthaginians at Himera in 480 BC and Agathokles, which should take the title of king in 304 BC, had invaded Africa in 310 BC finally Beaten 307, he had to retire in Sicily and sign peace with the Carthaginians.

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