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bgr_488686 - ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Unité

ZEUGITANA - CARTHAGE Unité VF
100.00 €(Approx. 111.00$ | 88.00£)
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 400-350 AC.
Mint name / Town : Carthage ou atelier syracusain
Metal : copper
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 2,96 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan à l’usure importante, mais identifiable. Patine marron foncé granuleuse
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Hubert Lanz et de la collection Laurent F

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Tanit à gauche, couronnée d’épis.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval bondissant à droite.

Commentary


Poids très léger. Le style de notre exemplaire fait plutôt penser à une fabrication sicilienne car le flan est globulaire sans être totalement biseauté comme le signale Jacques Alexandropoulos dans son ouvrage (p. 366).

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 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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