Carthage Zeugitana Large 3 Shekel__211bc___tanit & Horse___2nd Punic War Coinage For Sale
A BEAUTIFUL BRONZE 3 SHEKEL COIN OF CARTHAGE ZEUGITANA FROM CIRCA 211 - 202 BC.
WHY DID CARTHAGE MINT THESE LARGE & CRUDE BRONZE COINS??
WELL, CARTHAGE WAS LOSING THE 2ND PUNIC WAR IN 202 BC AND NEEDED THE SILVER & GOLD TO PAY FOR THE WAR. SO… IN THE YEARS DURING THE 2ND PUNIC WAR, QUALITY HIGHER END COINAGE FOR ITS CITIZENS WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION.
THE SIZE IS 30.3 MM AND 17.87 GRAMS.
SNG Cop 340-344
OBVERSE – Head of Tanit left, wreathed with corn
REVERSE – Horse standing right, with foreleg raised, Palm in background, Symbol below
The Carthaginian Empire was one of the longest-lived and largest empires in the ancient Mediterranean.
The city of Carthage is located on the Eastern side of Lake Tunis across from the center of Tunis. According to Roman legend it was founded in 814 BC by Phoenician colonists under the leadership of Queen Dido. It became a large and rich city and thus a major power in the Mediterranean. The resulting rivalry with Syracuse and Rome was accompanied by several wars with respective invasions of each other's homeland. Hannibal's invasion of Italy in the Second Punic War culminated in the Carthaginian victory at Cannae and led to a serious threat to the continuation of Roman rule over Italy; however, Carthage emerged from the conflict at its historical weakest. After the Third Punic War, the city was destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC.
The navy of Carthage was one of the largest in the Mediterranean, using serial production to maintain high numbers at moderate cost. The sailors and marines of the Carthaginian navy were predominantly recruited from the Punic citizenry, unlike the multi-national allied and mercenary troops of the Carthaginian armies. The navy offered a stable profession and financial security for its sailors. This helped to contribute to the city's political stability, since the unemployed, debt ridden poor in other cities were frequently inclined to support revolutionary leaders in the hope of improving their own lot.
The reputation of her skilled sailors implies that there was in peacetime a training of oarsmen and coxswains, giving their navy a cutting edge in naval matters. The trade of Carthaginian merchantmen was by land across the Sahara and especially by sea throughout the Mediterranean and far into the Atlantic to the tin-rich islands of Britain and to West Africa. There is evidence that at least one Punic expedition under Hanno sailed along the West African coast to regions south of the Equator, describing how the sun was in the north at noon.
The Carthaginians cannot be said to have contributed as much to Western Civilization as the Greeks or the Romans. Yet, they nearly defeated both, and we cannot know what the Carthaginians might have achieved if they could have spent more time nurturing their society instead of constantly defending it.
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Carthage Zeugitana Large 3 Shekel__211bc___tanit & Horse___2nd Punic War Coinage: $312