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View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |North Africa| > |Carthage| > SH30343Carthage, Hannibal in Italy, Second Punic War, c. 219 - 202 B.C. Ancient Capua was located where Santa Maria Capua Vetere is now. After 343 B.C., when Capua and neighboring communities entered into alliance with Rome for protection against the Samnite mountain tribes, the greater part of Campania came under Roman supremacy. Capua prospered and at the beginning of the Second Punic War it was almost as important as Rome and Carthage themselves, and was able to furnish 30,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry. Until the defeat of Cannae it remained faithful to Rome, but then, after a vain demand that one of the consuls should always be selected from it, it defected to Hannibal. Hannibal and his army were voluntarily received by Capua and he made it his winter quarters. In 211, Rome besieged and captured Capua. The city's nobility were put to the sword, its territory was confiscated and its municipal organization was dissolved.
SH30343. Silver half shekel, SNG Cop 362, aEF, toned, Italian (Capua?) mint, weight 3.618g, maximum diameter 18.3mm, die axis 90o, c. 216 - 211 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left; reverse horse right, sun above, O below; SOLD
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