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    Comely Carthage Shekel

    ZEUGITANA. Carthage. Ca. 300-260 BC. AR shekel (19mm, 7.65 gm, 1h). NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Head of Tanit-Persephone left, wreathed in barley ears, wearing pendant earring and necklace / Horse standing right before palm tree, head reverted, eight-pointed star to right. SNG Copenhagen 141. Jenkins-Lewis pl. 26, 16. Rare. A truly exceptional example, perfectly struck from dies of pleasing style, with superlative tone and presence.

    Ex Maison Palombo 13, (13 December 2014), lot 42 (realized $7,400 hammer); Sternberg XI (1981), lot 65.


    This wonderful piece, struck on the eve of the First Punic War with Rome, is certainly among the finest surviving specimens of Carthaginian silver coinage from this era. As Carthage now controlled much of North Africa, Sicily, and southern Spain, it is not always clear where each coin type was struck. Since this piece conforms to the Phoenician shekel weight standard, as opposed to the drachm-based system of the Sicilian Greeks, it likely derives from the mint of Carthage itself. However the style is more fluid and "Greek" than usually encountered, indicating the North African mint may have imported engravers from the recently conquered cities of Sicily.


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    January, 2018
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