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Tanit

Tanit was a Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the patron goddess at Carthage.


Carthage, Zeugitana, c. 310 - 290 B.C.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Graded "a most attractive good VF" by Mr. Sear.
SH21941. Electrum shekel, Jenkins and Lewis 247 - 250, SNG Cop 137, SGCV II 6462, Choice gVF, a gem, weight 7.575 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, dot border; reverse horse standing right on double exergual line, pellet lower right, border of dots; excellent strike with dies of finest style; scarce; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, c. 310 - 290 B.C.

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SH30333. Electrum shekel, SNG Cop 137, SGCV II 6462, gVF, weight 7.439 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, dot border, pellet under chin; reverse horse standing right, three pellets in exergue; fine style; scarce; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, c. 350 - 320 B.C.

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Fantastic gold stater from the great enemy of Rome!
SH08971. Gold stater, MŁller Afrique p. 84, type 47; SNG Cop Carthage 128 - 129 var., SNG Cop Sicily 973 - 974 var., SGCV II 6451 var, EF, weight 9.16 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage or Sicilian mint, c. 350 - 320 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, dot border; reverse horse standing right on exergual line, border of dots; graffiti on reverse, struck with dies of fine style, ex John Aiello; SOLD


Sicily, Siculo-Punic, 4th Century B.C.

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"The types too are generally considered to be Carthaginian, especially that of the horse's head by itself, which is taken as a reference to the myth recounted by Vergil, that the companions of Dido on her expedition to found Carthage 'dug up a horse's head at the spot indicated by Juno.' Moreover, according to Stephanus, Carthage was also called KAKKABH, a word that in Punic means 'the head of a horse'." -- Eckhel, Doctrina I (1792), pp. 229-230. Eckhel himself has some hesitation about accepting this explanation of the type, however, because of the appearance of a similar horse's head type on early Roman didrachms with the inscription ROMA.
SH08966. Silver tetradrachm, MŁller Afrique p. 76, type 23; SNG Cop (Zeugitania) 86; SNG Cop (Sicily) 982, EF, extraordinary high relief, superb style, some mint luster, weight 16.84 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sicilian mint, c. 320/315 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Kore-Tanit left, wreathed in barley, wearing triple-pendant earring, and necklace, four dolphins around swimming clockwise; reverse horse's head left, date palm behind, Punic letter M below; SOLD


Carthage, Hannibal in Italy, Second Punic War, c. 219 - 202 B.C.

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Ancient Capua was located where Santa Maria Capua Vetere is now. After 343 B.C., when Capua and neighboring communities entered into alliance with Rome for protection against the Samnite mountain tribes, the greater part of Campania came under Roman supremacy. Capua prospered and at the beginning of the Second Punic War it was almost as important as Rome and Carthage themselves, and was able to furnish 30,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry. Until the defeat of Cannae it remained faithful to Rome, but then, after a vain demand that one of the consuls should always be selected from it, it defected to Hannibal. Hannibal and his army were voluntarily received by Capua and he made it his winter quarters. In 211, Rome besieged and captured Capua. The city's nobility were put to the sword, its territory was confiscated and its municipal organization was dissolved.
SH30343. Silver half shekel, SNG Cop 362, aEF, toned, weight 3.618 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 90o, Italian (Capua?) mint, c. 216 - 211 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left; reverse horse right, sun above, O below; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, 2nd Punic War, 215 - 205 B.C.

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Most of the Carthaginian quarter shekels were almost certainly struck at Carthage and directly exported to Hannibal via Bruttian ports. Some rare examples, such as this coin, are of a different style and believed to have been struck in southwest Italy, probably in Bruttium. Hoard evidence indicates that the variety circulated at Tarentum, and issues began before 209 B.C.
SH70871. Silver 1/4 Shekel, Robinson Second p. 53, 3; SNG Cop VIII 369; HN Italy 2020, EF, nice style, obverse a little off-center, scratch on horse, weight 2.052 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 0o, Italian (Brettian?) mint, 2nd Punic War, 215 - 205 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit-Demeter left, wreathed with grain, wearing necklace and pendant earring; reverse free horse standing right on ground line, linear border; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher); rare; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, N. Africa, c. 220 - 215 B.C.

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Struck during the Second Punic War.
SH45892. Bronze trishekel, SNG Cop 344, VF, weight 21.063 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd Punic War, c. 220 - 215 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left, wearing wreath and single pendant earring; reverse horse standing right, palm tree behind; scarce; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, 230 - 220 B.C.

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The Second Punic War, 218 - 202 B.C., is marked by Hannibal's surprising crossing of the Alps and crushing victories over Roman armies in the battles of the Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae. Despite these and other setbacks, Roman forces recaptured the major cities that had joined the enemy, defeated attempts to reinforce Hannibal, and ended Carthaginian rule over Iberia. At the final showdown, the battle of Zama in Africa, Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, resulting in harsh peace terms. Carthage ceased to be a major power and became a Roman client-state.
GB57746. Billon 1 1/2 shekel, Viola CNP 103, SNG Cop 390, Alexandropoulos 81, MŁller Afrique 230, VF, toned, weight 8.952 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, 230 - 220 B.C.; obverse head of Kore-Tanit left, hair wreathed with grain, wearing earring with one pendant; reverse horse standing right, head turned back left, raised right foreleg, no pellet; SOLD


Carthage, Second Punic War, c. 216 - 205 B.C.

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This quarter shekel type has been found in Campanian hoards along with other Carthaginian and Brettian coins. The type was likely struck at Carthage and exported directly to Hannibal via Bruttian ports.
SH64035. Silver quarter shekel, Robinson NC 1964, p. 44, group I, 3; SNG Cop 348 -349; Alexandropoulos 78; HN Italy 2015, VF, scratches, weight 1.733 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 45o, Carthage mint, c. 216 - 205 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed with grain, wearing necklace and earring, dot border; reverse horse standing right, dot border; ex Ancient Eagles; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, Second Punic War, c. 210 - 202 B.C.

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The Second Punic War, 218 - 201 B.C., is most remembered for Hannibal's crossing of the Alps, followed by his crushing victories over Rome in the battle of the Trebia, at Trasimene, and again at Cannae. After these defeats, many Roman allies joined Carthage, prolonging the war in Italy for over a decade. Against Hannibal's skill on the battlefield, the Romans deployed the Fabian strategy. More capable in siegecraft, the Romans recaptured all the major cities that had defected. The Romans defeated an attempt to reinforce Hannibal at the battle of the Metaurus and, in Iberia, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major took New Carthage and ended Carthaginian rule over Iberia in the Battle of Ilipa. The final showdown was the Battle of Zama in Africa where Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, resulting in the imposition of harsh peace conditions on Carthage, which ceased to be a major power and became a Roman client-state.Hannibal's route of invasion
SH67741. Billon dishekel, Viola 185, Coin Hoards IX, group 3 (single-pendant earring variety), 77 - 96; cf. Alexandropoulos 44; SNG Cop 190; MŁller Afrique 103; SRCV II 6494, VF, struck with a worn obverse die, slightly porous, weight 9.135 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, c. 210 - 202 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left, hair wreathed with grain, wearing necklace and single-pendant earring; reverse unbridled horse standing right, palm tree in background, no pellet; scarce; SOLD




  




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