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Live auction - bgr_434676 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Shekel

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Estimate : 2 000 €
Price : 950 €
Maximum bid : 950 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:37:43
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Shekel
Date: 300-260 AC.
Mint name / Town : Carthage, Zeugitane
Metal : silver
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,43 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés, légèrement irrégulier. Belle tête de Tanit. Joli revers. Patine grise superficielle. A été légèrement nettoyé anciennement
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la vente Künker 226, n° 662


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Tanit à gauche, couronnée d’épis, parée d’un collier et d’un triple pendentif d’oreilles.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval debout à droite, tournant la tête à gauche devant un palmier ; un astre à huit rais centré d’un globule devant le poitrail du cheval.


En l’absence de corpus, nous n’avons pas relevé d’identité de coin pertinente. Cependant notre exemplaire est très proche de celui reproduit dans l’ouvrage de Jenkins Lewis (JL., pl. 26, n° 15).

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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