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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Iberia| > RP89710
Arse-Saguntum, Hispania Citerior, c. 170 - 130 B.C.
|Iberia|, |Arse-Saguntum,| |Hispania| |Citerior,| |c.| |170| |-| |130| |B.C.|, Saguntum was built by Edetani Iberians in 5th century B.C. In 218 B.C., after enduring eight months of siege, the Saguntines' last defenses were finally overrun. Hannibal offered to spare the population if they were "willing to depart from Saguntum, unarmed, each with two garments." When they declined the offer and began to sabotage the town's wealth and possessions, every adult was put to death. Seven years later, the town was taken by Rome and made a Roman municipium. Saguntum grew to a city of about 50,000 inhabitants, with a great circus, a theater seating 8,000 and an amphitheater.
RP89710. Bronze quadrans, Villaronga-Benages 1974, Alvarez-Burgos 2054, Villaronga CNH 33; SNG BM Spain 1112, VF, centers weakly struck, slightly off center, tight flan, Saguntum (Sagunto, Valencia, Spain) mint, weight 2.516g, maximum diameter 15.7mm, die axis 210o, c. 170 - 130 B.C.; obverse scallop shell; reverse dolphin right, crescent with horns upward above, Iberian A and three pellets below; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00










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