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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 29

SICILY, Entella. Punic issues. Circa 320/15-300 BC. AR Tetradrachm (25.5mm, 16.80 g, 5h).

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 29.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 8 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SICILY, Entella. Punic issues. Circa 320/15-300 BC. AR Tetradrachm (25.5mm, 16.80 g, 5h). Head of Arethousa left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple-pendant earring, and necklace; four dolphins around / Head of horse left; palm tree to right, ‘MMḤNT (in Punic) below. Jenkins, Punic, Series 3a, 142 (O46/R128 – this coin cited); HGC 2, 284; SNG Lloyd 1631 (same obv. die); McClean 3044 (same dies); Warren 421 (this coin). Attractive old toning. Good VF. Struck on a broad flan.

Ex Peus 396 (5 November 2008), lot 190; UBS 57 (15 September 2003), lot 344; Ars Classica 16 (3 July 1933), lot 921; Ars Classica XIV (2 July 1929), lot 150; Prof. L. White King Collection (Sotheby, Wikinson & Hodge, 22 April 1909), lot 262 (purchased by Rollin & Feurdant, £14/10/-); Edward P. Warren Collection (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 2 May 1905), lot 194 (part of).

The location of the main Carthaginian mint in Sicily identified by Punic inscription as "The Camp" has recently been identified as Entella, a fortress city located in central-west Sicily. 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 Camapanian allies. This obverse of this tetradrachm is clearly based on the famous dekadrachm of Euainetos, struck nearly a century before. The head of Arethousa is a very close homage to the great die engraver’s serene portrait.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 13 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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