Ancient Greek Punic Silver Tetradrachm Coin from Sicily - 320 BC

Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Punic Silver Tetradrachm Coin from Sicily - 320 BC
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A beautiful and highly collectable ancient Greek coin type, an ancient silver Siculo-Punic tetradrachm struck at Entella, Sicily, circa 320 BC.


The obverse with a serene, elegant portrait or the goddess Arethusa. She is shown in the finest Punic style, wearing triple drop earring and pearl necklace, her hair tied up and bound with a wreath of grain ears, four dolphins circle around her.


The reverse with the national emblem of Carthage, the horse's head. Shown facing left, palm tree behind. The Punic legend below reading:


‘MMHNT’


"People of the Camp"



The century-long struggle between Carthage and Syracuse for dominance in Sicily caused huge bloodshed and destruction. However, it also produced some strikingly beautiful coins, evidenced by this silver four drachm piece.


The coins minted at this time exhibit both Greek and Punic designs. The obverse of this coin is clearly influenced by the famous depictions of Arethusa, found on the coins of Syracuse. The reverse though, with its spirited horse head, palm tree and Phoenician inscription, is entirely Punic in character.


These delightful multicultural coins were used to pay the Carthaginian army, composed of mercenaries from all over the Classical world, a suitable use for a coin with such varied artistic influences.


A beautiful, toned example, struck from dies of the finest Punic style. 



Diameter: 26.7 mm.


Weight: 17.10 g.


Provenance:


Ex. Otakirak collection.

Ancient Coins - Ancient Greek Punic Silver Tetradrachm Coin from Sicily - 320 BC
Preis SKU: 30329
US$ 11,000.00
  • € 9,400.60
  • £ 8,550.30
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