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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Tanit||View Options:  |  |  | 

Tanit

Tanit was a Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the patron goddess at Carthage.

Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, c. 310 - 290 B.C.

|Carthage|, |Carthage,| |Zeugitana,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |310| |-| |290| |B.C.||stater|
In 311 B.C., Agathocles, the tyrant of Syracuse, invaded the Carthaginian holdings on Sicily and laid siege to Akragas. Hamilcar led the Carthaginian response, and by 310 controlled almost all of Sicily and laid siege to Syracuse itself. In desperation, Agathocles secretly led an expedition of 14,000 men to Africa, hoping to save his rule by leading a counterstrike against Carthage itself. Carthage was forced to recall Hamilcar and most of his army from Sicily. Agathocles was eventually defeated in 307 B.C., but he escaped back to Sicily and negotiated a peace which maintained Syracuse as a stronghold of Greek power in Sicily.

Jenkins and Lewis report that Group V is 55% - 60% gold.
SH57451. Electrum stater, Jenkins and Lewis group V, 266 (same dies), Alexandropoulos 12, SNG Cop 136, gVF, marks, weight 7.532 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage or Sicilian mint, obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, pellet before neck; reverse horse standing right on exergual line, nearer legs back, two pellets below; nicely centered and struck, marks in the fields; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, Second Punic War, c. 203 - 201 B.C.

|Carthage|, |Carthage,| |Zeugitana,| |North| |Africa,| |Second| |Punic| |War,| |c.| |203| |-| |201| |B.C.||trihemishekel|
Tanit was a Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the patron goddess at Carthage.
SH96815. Billon trihemishekel, Viola CNP 104a, SNG Cop VIII 391, SNG Milan XIV 9, Alexandropoulos 81 var. (single drop earring), Müller Afrique 230 var. (same), VF, toned white metal, off center on a broad flan, beveled obverse edge, light deposits, diagonal lines from die in reverse fields, weight 9.214 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, Second Punic War, c. 203 - 201 B.C.; obverse head of Kore-Tanit left, hair waved and rolled, wearing barley wreath, ear-ring with triple pendant, linear border; reverse horse standing right, head turned back left, right foreleg raised, no control marks, linear border; ex Numismatic Fine Arts, fall 1989 mail bid sale, lot 398; SOLD


Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, First Punic War, c. 264 - 241 B.C.

|Carthage|, |Carthage,| |Zeugitana,| |North| |Africa,| |First| |Punic| |War,| |c.| |264| |-| |241| |B.C.||AE| |21|
SNG Cop 261 - 268 are similar bronzes dated c. 241 - 221 B.C. with the same types, but also with additional control symbols on the reverse, smaller lighter flans and a far less elegant style. This coin, unpublished in the standard references and the only example known to Forum, is very similar to Jenkins type X electrum trihemshekels, dated c. 264 - 261 B.C.
GB66872. Bronze AE 21, Unpublished(?), cf. Jenkins group Xa (electrum, trihemishekel), SNG Cop 261 ff. (similar AE, inferior style, c. 241 - 221 B.C.), EF/VF, light corrosion on the reverse, weight 7.117 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 225o, Carthage mint, probably c. 241 B.C.; obverse head of Tanit left, wearing barley wreath, triple-pendant earring, and necklace with many pendants; reverse unbridled horse standing right on exergual line, sun disk with uraei above; extremely rare; SOLD







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