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    ZEUGITANA. Carthage. Ca. 350-320 BC. AV stater (19mm, 9.47 gm, 1h). NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style. Bust of Tanit left, hair wreathed in barley ears, wearing triple-pendant earring, and necklace with seven pendants / Horse standing right [on double exergual line]; three pellets to lower right. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIf, 48. MAA 4. A few reverse hairlines, otherwise well centered and fully struck up, with exceptional luster.

    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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