Bruttium, Carthaginian Issues of the Second Punic War
AR Quarter Shekel, c. 215-205 BC.
Obverse: Head of Tanit-Demeter facing left, wearing a wreath of grain-ears.
Reverse: Horse standing right.
Extremely Fine. Excellent style for the issue. Pleasing old cabinet tone. A delightful coin.
This rare silver shekel fraction is thought to have been struck in Bruttium during Hannibal’s campaign in Italy. The great general’s headquarters was in the region, owing to the favourable, defensive mountainous terrain of the Southern Italian peninsula.
(SNG Copenhagen 369; HN Italy 2020).