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Carthage. Time of Hannibal Barca. Ca. 221-201 BC. AR 1/2 shekel (3.38 gm). Second Punic War issue. Carthage or uncertain mint in Sicily, ca. 213-210 BC. Male head left / Elephant advancing right; in exergue, Punic aleph. A. Burnett, "The Enna hoard and the silver coinage of the Syracusan democracy," SNR 62 (1983), 116-31. Cf. P. VisonĂ , "Carthaginian Coinage in Perspective," AJN 55 (shekel). E. S. G. Robinson, "Punic Coins of Spain and their Bearing on the Roman Republican Series,"Essays Mattingly series 8b, pl. III (Gades). SNG Copenhagen 383. Scarce. Small die-break on obverse. Lightly toned. Choice extremely fine.

This and the preceding coin were both tentatively assigned by E. S. G. Robinson to an uncertain mint in Spain, probably located at Gades (op. cit. pp. 43-5), and dated to 209 BC. In light of both the Enna hoard, which contained several examples, and an additional hoard from Campania, both Jenkins (SNG Copenhagen) and Villaronga (Gaceta Numismatica 40 [March 1976]: 15-6) reattributed them to the period of the Punic expedition to Sicily of 213-210 BC. There still remains the question of mint, however, with the fixed 12 h die-axis strongly indicating Carthage as opposed to a Siculo-Punic mint of the time. Nevertheless, the discovery of additional hoards in Sicily indicates the certainty that the issue was struck for use as payment to the mercenaries stationed on the island.

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