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Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 72

SICILY, Entella. Punic issues. Circa 345/38-320/15 BC. AR Tetradrachm (22.5mm, 17.21 g, 1h).


Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I
Lot: 72.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 12 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SICILY, Entella. Punic issues. Circa 345/38-320/15 BC. AR Tetradrachm (22.5mm, 17.21 g, 1h). Head of Kore left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple-pendant earring, and linear necklace; Punic mem behind neck / Horse walking left; palm tree in background. Jenkins, Punic, Series 2a, 64 (O17/R58); CNP 208c; HGC 2, 268; SNG Ashmolean 2156 (same obv. die); Gulbenkian 369 = Bement 581 (same dies). Attractively toned. EF. Rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Leu 79 (31 October 2000), lot 453; Kirk Davis 33 (January 2001), no. 30.

Founded by the Trojans in the 500s BC, Entella was conquered by Campanian mercenaries in about 410 BC, who quickly sold their services to the Carthaginians. The city remained a Punic stronghold through most of the fourth century. The coinage of Entella was mainly intended to pay mercenary soldiers who were used to Sicilian Greek coinage. Designs were usually based on the ubiquitous issues of Syracuse (obverse), but with reverses displaying their Carthaginian allegiance (the palm tree, phonix in Greek, is a canting pun on the term Phoenician). Horses also feature prominently, referring to the outstanding cavalry of the Carthaginians and their Campanian allies.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday morning, 14 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.