Shekel

Features

Country Uncertain Zeugitanian mint (Zeugitana)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 241 BC - 238 BC
Value 1 Shekel = 2 Drachm (1)
Currency Zeugitana - Shekel
Composition Billon
Weight 7.32 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 196723
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References MAA# 53,
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# 239
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 Herakles left, wearing lion skin.

Reverse

Lion standing right; Punic M above.

Comments

Carradice & La Niece 1; CNP 433b.

Minted during the Libyan Revolt, this type is normally found on clearly billon flans, but coins occasionally appear on much higher quality metal. There are traces of the undertype visible, but none are distinct enough to suggest a particular issue, save for what appears to be the tail of a dolphin or hippocamp near the edge on the obverse, at the forehead of Herakles. The undertype must be of a similar weight standard. The only issue that seems to fit is the Ibero-Punic shekel with a male head on the obverse and a reverse featuring a prow facing right, below which a dolphin swims right (ACIP 543).

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (241 BC - 238 BC) 

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