Sunday, August 05, 2012

A silver double shekel of Carthage Issued by the Barcid family...

Differing from tradition Carthaginian coins which tended to feature images of a goddess, horse or palm tree, those issued in Spain by the Barcid family bore the image of the Carthaginian god Melqart in the guise of the hero Heracles holding a club. On the reverse a war elephant is depicted, as used by the Barcid general Hannibal in his great campaign against Rome.

c.230 BC