2/5 Stater

Features

Issuer Carthage (Zeugitana)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 149 BC - 146 BC
Value 2/5 Stater = 8 Shekel (8)
Currency Zeugitana - Shekel
Composition Gold
Weight 3.04 g
Diameter 14 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 193395
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References MAA# 97d,
Jacques Alexandropoulos; 2008. Les monnaies de l'Afrique antique, 400 avant J.-C. - 40 après J.-C.. Presses Universitaires du Midi, Toulouse, France.
SNG Cop# 402
Niels Breitenstein, Willy Schwabacher; 1942. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals. Danish National Museum / Volume 1. Italy, Part 1 : Etruria - Campania. Einar Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark.
And 43 more volumes.

Obverse

Head of Tanit left, wearing wreath of grain ears, single-pendant earring, and necklace.

Reverse

Horse standing right, with far foreleg raised; pellet above.

Comments

Jenkins & Lewis Group XVIII, 505;

By the time of the Third Punic War, Carthage had limited precious metal resources at its disposal. H.R. Baldus (“Ein 146 v. Chr. verbrannter Geldbörseninhalt aus Karthago,” Chiron 33 [2003], pp. 195-201) has argued that this serrate gold issue was struck from the melted jewelry contributed by the women of Carthage during the summer of 149 BC after the Roman siege of the city had begun, an event noted by Diordoros (32.9). (source: Classical Numismatic Group Auction Catalog)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (149 BC - 146 BC) 

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