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Calabria, Tarentum
Punic occupation half shekel

Nude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below

Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae and Nike who crowns him with wreath; TAPAΣ below.

Calabria, Tarentum ; Punic occupation, circa 212-209 BC

AR Reduced didrachm or Half-Shekel.

2.69g chipped otherwise VF+

Vlasto 975-7; HN Italy 1079.



The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
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quadrans  [Feb 16, 2019 at 10:51 PM]
Great piece ..I like it..
Steve P  [Feb 16, 2019 at 10:54 PM]
Grant H  [Feb 17, 2019 at 11:04 AM]
love the horse
Leo  [Feb 17, 2019 at 12:06 PM]
Good detail on two sides!
maridvnvm  [Feb 17, 2019 at 02:06 PM]
What is left is very attractive.
Enodia  [Feb 17, 2019 at 07:10 PM]
Nice style for these.
Canaan  [Feb 18, 2019 at 06:38 AM]
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 21, 2019 at 05:43 AM]
Very nice!