Tetradrachm

Features

Country Uncertain Punic mint (Carthaginian Empire)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 320 BC - 300 BC
Value Tetradrachm = 4 Drachm (4)
Currency Litra
Composition Silver
Weight 17.15 g
Diameter 27 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 196073
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Obverse

Head of Tanit right, wearing wreath of grain leaves, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; four dolphins around.

Reverse

Horse's head right, palm tree with date clusters behind; S'MMHNT in punic script in exergue.

Translation: People of the Camp

Comments

The Siculo-Punic tetradrachms were issued for financing of Carthaginian military campaigns in Sicily. From the late fifth century BC, the coins combined traditional Carthaginian and Greek Sicilian city states designs. The styles of these coins varied considerably from those bearing a distinctly 'Punic' appearance, to those that were very fair emulations of the work of Syracusan masters.

The coin in the main image (17.15g, 27mm, 12h, Extremely Fine):
◦ Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd, Auction XVII, 28 March 2019, Lot 354. Sold for 12,000 GBP;
◦ Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd., Auction IV, 30 September 2012, lot 52;
◦ Auctioned by Nomos AG, Auction 5, 25 October 2011, lot 127;
◦ Auctioned by Numismatic Fine Arts Inc., Auction XVIII, 31 March 1987, lot 73;
◦ Privately purchased from Tradart, late 1970s.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (320 BC - 300 BC) 

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