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Silver shekel

Date:
early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Carthaginian
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
19 mm
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1905
Accession Number:
05.44.925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Head of Tanit (Punic Persephone)/horse before date-palm. The horse was the usual symbol for Carthaginian coinage; the date-palm was used to indicate this to the Greeks in Sicily since in Greek meant both date-palm and Phoenician/Carthaginian.
Carthage
Ward, John. 1902. Greek Coins and Their Parent Cities. no. 925, p. 149, pl. XXII, London: J. Murray.

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