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E-auction 240-163242 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Shekel

ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Shekel VG/VF
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2017/11/20 14:01:30
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Type : Shekel
Date: c. 300-264 AC.
Mint name / Town : Carthage ou Sardaigne
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 4,90 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier à l’usure importante, identifiable
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Commentary


Exemplaire de très bon style faisant plutôt penser à une fabrication continentale.

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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