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    Bold Siculo-Punic Tetradrachm

    SICULO-PUNIC. Entella. Ca. 320-300 BC. AR tetradrachm (28mm, 13.48 gm, 3h).  Head of Arethusa left, wreathed in grain ears, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace; four dolphins around / Horse head left; palm tree behind, Phoenician below. HGC 2, 289. Jenkins, Punic 237 (O74/R202). De Luynes 1467 (same obverse die). Well struck on a broad flan and lightly toned, with attractive mellowed silver surfaces. NGC Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    Founded by the Trojans in the 500s BC, Entella was conquered by a group of Campanian mercenaries in about 410 BC who quickly sold their services to the Carthaginians; alternatively, the Campanians might have been employed by Carthage before they took the city. The city remained a Punic stronghold through most of the fourth century, although the Syracusan tyrant Timoleon briefly drove them out circa 342 BC. A peace treaty dividing Sicily into Greek and Carthaginian spheres of interest in 338 BC returned Entella to Punic control.


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