ZEUGITANIA, UTICA, trishekel, 1st c. BC, bronze


ZEUGITANIA, UTICA, trishekel, 1st c. BC, Obverse: heads of Dioskuroi R, Reverse: 2 horses R, Punic TG above, bronze, 25mm, 13.14g, SNG Cop-428, Mazard 341, overstruck, traces of undercoin visible on rev., VG

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Utica is missing from Sear’s Greek Coins and their Values (SG).

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. Supposedly Utica was founded first.

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.