Semis - Syphax Western Numidia; small beard, horseman left

Semis - Syphax (Western Numidia; small beard, horseman left) - obverseSemis - Syphax (Western Numidia; small beard, horseman left) - reverse

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Issuer Numidia
King Syphax (215 BC - 203 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 213 BC - 202 BC
Value Semis (½)
Currency Western Numidia under the Masaesyli (cca. 300 BC-203 BC)
Composition Bronze
Weight 8.7 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 89059
Numista type number (
References CNNM# 10,
Jean Mazard; 1956. Corpus Nummorum Numidiae Mauretaniaeque. Arts et Métiers Graphiques, Paris, France.
MAA# 6,
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# 491-492
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.


Diademed and bearded head left


Horseman galloping left; dot and Punic legend in cartouche below

Lettering: SPhQ HMMLKT

Translation: Syphax King




Siga, Mauretania, modern-day Oulhaça El Gheraba, Algeria


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