ZEUGITANIA, CARTHAGE, tridrachm, c. 310-290 BC, billon


ZEUGITANIA, CARTHAGE, tridrachm, c. 310-290 BC, Obverse: head of Tanit L, Reverse: horse standing R, right front leg raised, dot below, head turned L, billon, 26mm, 9.6g, SG6497, SNGCop-394 , VF-XF

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One thing the Carthaginians learned from the Greeks was how to carve intaglio images of horses. On their coins the people are kind of flat affect, but their horses are alive.

Ancient Africa developed several power centers along the Mediterranean coast from Mauritania in the west to Egypt in the east. Zeugitania was the eastern part of the projection of Tunisia closest to Sicily. Phoenicians from Tyre established a colony there in the 8th century BC. The big city was Carthage, from which the Phoenicians proceeded into Sicily.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.