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    ZEUGITANA. Carthage. Ca. 350-320 BC. AV stater (18mm, 9.27 gm, 4h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 4/5, Fine Style, die shift. Bust of Tanit left, hair wreathed in barley ears, wearing triple-pendant earring, and necklace with seven pendants / Horse standing right on exergual line. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIfg 68. MAA 4. A few minor reverse die breaks, otherwise cleanly struck and retaining significant luster around devices. 

    The first gold staters struck by Carthage between 350 and 320 BC were of a nearly pure alloy and weighed more than the ubiquitous gold staters of Philip II and Alexander the Great. As time went on this coinage was debased with silver and reduced in weight, hence the much more numerous Carthage staters produced after circa 320 BC are now termed "electrum." This early stater in pure gold shows a delicacy of style that indicates the dies were created by a Greek engraver of consummate skill. 


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