Beautiful Punic Tetradrachm from Sicily - 320 BC

Ancient Coins - Beautiful Punic Tetradrachm from Sicily - 320 BC
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A Carthaginian tetradrachm minted in Entella, Sicily, circa 320 - 300 BC.


The obverse with Arethusa, wearing triple drop earring and pearl necklace, her hair bound with a wreath of seaweeds, dolphins circling around her.

 

The reverse with the national emblem of Carthage, the horse's head, date palm behind. The Punic legend 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.


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.



Weight: 17.25 g.


Diameter: 27.10 mm.


Provenance:


French private collection. With French cultural property passport.

Ancient Coins - Beautiful Punic Tetradrachm from Sicily - 320 BC
Ancient Coins - Beautiful Punic Tetradrachm from Sicily - 320 BC
Ancient Coins - Beautiful Punic Tetradrachm from Sicily - 320 BC
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