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    Lovely Lilybaion Tetradrachm

    SICULO-PUNIC. Lilybaion ('Ras Melqart'). Ca. 330-305 BC. AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.03 gm, 12h). NGC AU 4/5 - 4/5. Head of Tanit-Kore-Persephone right; three dolphins around / Charioteer driving racing quadriga right; Nike flying left above to crown charioteer, Punic RĊ MLQRT in exergue. HGC 2, 741. Jenkins, SNR 50, 47 (O17/R36). SNG Lloyd 1599. Nicely centered, deeply struck in sound metal, and beautifully toned. (Note: Both the NGC style and surface ratings seem highly conservative in our view).

    From the Northern California Collection. Acquired from Freeman & Sear, 2001.

    After the destruction of Motya by the Syracusan tyrant Dionysius I, the Carthaginians relocated the surviving population to a new, well-defended fortress on the western corner of Sicily. The Greeks called the city Lilybaion, while the Carthaginians referred to it as Ras Melqart, or the "Cape of Melqart." A second Punic mint (after Entella) was established there producing coins closely modeled on the issues of Syracuse, usually featuring a charging quadriga backed with a female head surrounded by leaping dolphins. Coinage at Lilybaion ended in about 305 BC and was not resumed until the Romans took full control of Sicily a century later.


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