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    Beautiful Entella Tetradrachm

    SICULO-PUNIC. Entella. Ca. 320-300 BC. AR tetradrachm (27mm, 17.41 gm, 6h). Head of Arethusa left, wreathed with reeds, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace, four dolphins around / Horse's head and neck left, palm tree behind, ['MMhT] ("People of the Camp") below neck truncation. HGC 2, 284. Jenkins SNR 50, 200 (O59/R176). SNG Lloyd 1632 (same dies). Deeply struck in sound metal, and beautifully toned. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5.

    Entella, a fortress city in the interior of western Sicily, became the main Carthaginian stronghold on the island and has recently been identified as the mint named simply "the camp." The first Siculo-Punic coins from Entella bore an entirely Carthaginian design, depicting a palm tree (phonix, likely a canting pun on Phoenician) on the obverse and the forepart of a horse, sometimes crowned by Nike, on the reverse. As more cities came under their control, the Carthaginians employed Greek die engravers to create new coins modeled on Greco-Sicilian designs, including this superb piece, with an obverse clearly modeled on contemporary coins of Syracuse coupled with a reverse bearing the Punic horse and palm tree.


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    August, 2016
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