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    Imitating Alexander

    SICULO-PUNIC. Entella. Ca. 300-289 BC. AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.10 gm, 6h).  'Mint of the Quaestors' issue. Head of young Heracles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Horse's head left, club before, palm behind, Punic legend MHSBM below neck truncation. Jenkins 332 (O107/R272). SNG Lloyd 1650.  Nicely centered and struck in high relief on a broad, round flan. Attractively toned. NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style.

    From The California Collection. Ex Heritage 3024 (18 April 2013), lot 24583. 

    While early Siculo-Punic coins copied the designs of Syracuse and other Sicilian cities, the series commencing approximately 300 BC took their inspiration from the widely circulating coinage of Alexander III the Great of Macedon, depicting Heracles wearing the skin of the Nemean lion. The reverse repeats an exclusively Punic motif of a horse's head along with a palm tree (Phonix in Phoenician), likely a canting pun.


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