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Triton XV, Lot: 1085. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $8500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARTHAGE, Second Punic War. Circa 220-205 BC. AR Shekel (21mm, 6.91 g, 10h). Laureate male head left / Elephant advancing right; Punic A in exergue. MAA –; Visonà 55; Burnett, Enna 115 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 382. Good VF, toned, reverse struck a little off center.

The mint of this issue is still uncertain. These coins were originally attributed to the Punic mint in Spain, but subsequent hoard evidence has established that they were struck either in Carthage or a Carthaginian mint in Sicily during the Second Punic War (see A. Walker, “Some Hoards from Sicily and a Carthaginian Issue of the Second Punic War” in Studies Mildenberg, p. 275, and note 6).