A silver double shekel of Carthage

Issued by the Barcid family in Spain

c.230 BC

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.

Source: British Museum

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    This coin, as stated above, is a double shekel, and therefore provides us with an opportunity to look at the differences...
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    Did I reblog this already? I can’t remember, but whatever. Reblogging it again because Hannibal.
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