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Live auction - bgr_544792 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Statère

ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Statère XF
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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 1 200 €
Maximum bid : 1 200 €
End of the sale : 10 September 2019 14:31:00
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Statère
Date: c. 310-290 AC.
Mint name / Town : Carthage, Zeugitane
Metal : electrum
Millesimal fineness : 550 ‰
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 7,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée à l’usure régulière. Joli portrait. Métal très légèrement griffé dans le champ au-dessus du cheval. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection Luc Corso

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval debout à droite ; deux globules sous la ligne d’exergue.

Commentary


Statère d’électrum, classe V.

Historical background


ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE

(400-300 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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