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Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. Mid 2nd - Early 1st Century B.C.
After a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal, Castulo allied with Carthage. In 213 B.C., Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries. Soon after the Romans made a pact with the residents and the city became a foederati (ally) of Rome.
GB88991. Bronze semis
, cf. SNG BM Spain
1353, SNG Cop
2146 (R6), Lindgren II
44, F, dark patina
, porous, earthen deposits, scratches, edge cracks, Castulo mint, weight
4.890g, maximum diameter
20.9mm, die axis
, c. mid 2nd - early 1st century B.C.; obverse
diademed male head
bull standing right, crescent above, "Kastilo" in Iberian script in exergue
); ex Gerhard Rohde Ancient Coins
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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