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Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXIVAuction date: 19 January 2021
Lot number: 414

Lot description:

CARTHAGE, Second Punic War. Circa 220-205 BC. AR Half Shekel (20mm, 3.38 g, 1h). Carthage or Sicilian mint. Struck during the expedition to Sicily, circa 213-210 BC. Head of Melkart left, wearing laurel wreath / Elephant advancing right; Punic A in exergue. MAA –; cf. Visonà 55 (shekel); CNP 447; Burnett, Enna 116–31; Walker 29 (same dies); SNG Copenhagen 383 (same dies); SNG Newham Davis 107. Iridescent tone, underlying luster. EF. Well centered and struck.

Ex Rauch 107 (12 November 2018), lot 177 (hammer €10,500).

Initially attributed to a Spanish mint by Robinson, the discovery of examples in the Enna hoard and other Sicilian hoards (Burnett, SNR 62, pg. 11) makes it more likely that this coin was struck in Carthage for use in the Sicilian campaign of 213-210 BC. Whether the obverse head is to represent the god Melkart or a member of Hannibal's family is still debated.

Estimate: 5000 USD