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    Gorgeous Carthage Trihemistater

    ZEUGITANA. Carthage. Ca. 260 BC. AV trihemistater (23mm, 12.49 gm, 12h). NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5. Head of Tanit left, wreathed with grain ears, wearing triple-pendant earring and pendant necklace / Horse standing right on single ground line, head left. Jenkins & Lewis group IX. A large and impressive gold piece, struck in high relief from dies of lovely style; a few minor mineralized deposits.

    Carthage, a Phoenician colony on the coast of North Africa, became a maritime powerhouse in the fifth century BC and challenged the Greek cities of Sicily and Southern Italy for control of the western Mediterranean. Starting in 265 BC, Carthage and Rome fought three titanic wars that produced more death and destruction than any other conflict before the 20th century. This large gold piece, much larger and heavier than contemporary Greek issues of Syracuse, was struck early in the First Punic War with Rome. These impressive coins enticed mercenary soldiers from many nations into Carthaginian service. A powerful head of the Phoenician goddess Tanit adorns the obverse, while a lithe horse, symbolizing the Carthaginian cavalry arm, occupies the reverse.


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