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E-auction 500-410370 - bgr_512568 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Quart de shekel

ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Quart de shekel XF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 53 €
Maximum bid : 55 €
End of the sale : 14 November 2022 14:03:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Quart de shekel
Date: c. 300-264 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sardinia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 13 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,06 g.
Rarity : INÉDIT
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale et irrégulier, particulier. Tête inhabituelle. Joli revers. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadéméede Tanit à droite.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Tête et cou de cheval à gauche.

Commentary


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous proposons ce type à la vente.

Historical background


ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE

(3rd century BC)

Carthage was founded in 814 BC, according to tradition by settlers from Tyre. Virgil immortalized the deadly conflict that was to 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 him with him. Before committing suicide after her departure, she would have launched the curse which was to weigh on Rome and Carthage until the destruction of the second by the first in 146 BC. Between the 5th and 4th centuries BC- C., the most formidable enemies of the Carthaginians in the Western Mediterranean were the Greeks of southern Italy and Sicily. Gelon had already crushed the Carthaginians at Himera in 480 BC and Agathokles, who was to take the title of king in 304 BC, invaded Africa in 310 BC. Finally defeated in 307, he had to retire to Sicily and sign peace with the Carthaginians.

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