Punic Tetradrachm - 320 BC - SIR ARTHUR EVANS COLLECTION 1898

Ancient Coins - Punic Tetradrachm - 320 BC - SIR ARTHUR EVANS COLLECTION 1898
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A Carthaginian tetradrachm from the collection of Sir Arthur John Evans (1851 - 1941). 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: 17.35 g


Diameter: 26.40 mm


Provenance:


From the collection of Sir Arthur. J. Evans (1851 - 1941).


Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 20th January 1898, lot 114.


Numismatik Lanz Munchen, Munich, 22nd May 1989, lot 133.

Ancient Coins - Punic Tetradrachm - 320 BC - SIR ARTHUR EVANS COLLECTION 1898
Ancient Coins - Punic Tetradrachm - 320 BC - SIR ARTHUR EVANS COLLECTION 1898
Ancient Coins - Punic Tetradrachm - 320 BC - SIR ARTHUR EVANS COLLECTION 1898
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