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Hispano-Carthaginian triple shekel

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SilverSalto de línea Unidentified mint in IberiaSalto de línea Circa 237-227 BCSalto de línea

This coin was one of several issues struck by Carthage in the Iberian Peninsula to finance its military conquests (237-206 BC). In keeping with the standards and aesthetics of the Hellenistic Greek kingdoms, triple shekels were conceived as vehicles of prestige and political propaganda. The head of the god Melqart—the Punic Heracles, with a club over his shoulder—has occasionally been interpreted as a disguised portrait of Hannibal.


In this section of the catalogue you can learn about the coins that have existed through the ages, from the first pieces struck circa 600 BC to the ones used in the Late Modern Era. These objects are important testimonies of their day, providing information about the economy, politics, ideology and religious beliefs of the societies and cultures that issued them.