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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |North Africa| > |Carthage| > GI91726
Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, 300 - 264 B.C.
|Carthage|, |Carthage,| |Zeugitana,| |North| |Africa,| |300| |-| |264| |B.C.|, In 278 B.C., envoys from the Sicilian cities of Agrigentum, Syracuse, and Leontini asked Pyrrhus for military aid to remove the Carthaginian dominance over that island. With an army of 20,000 infantry, 3,000 cavalry, 20 war elephants, and some 200 ships, Pyrrhus defeated the Carthaginian forces and captured the city-fortress of Eryx. Carthage sued for peace, but Pyrrhus demanded Carthage renounce its claims on Sicily entirely. Pyrrhus set his sights on conquering Carthage itself, and began outfitting an expedition. However, his ruthless treatment of the Sicilian cities and his execution of two Sicilian rulers led to such animosity that he was forced out of Sicily and abandoned his plan.
GI91726. Bronze AE 21, Viola CNP 252f, Alexandropoulos 57h, SNG Cop 164, MŁller Afrique 276, VF, obverse flatly struck, off center, flan casting sprue remnant, Sardinian(?) mint, weight 4.742g, maximum diameter 20.6mm, die axis 270o, 300 - 264 B.C.; obverse head of Kore-Tanit left wearing barley wreath, triple-pendant earring, and necklace; reverse horse's head right, pellet before; SOLD











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