PUNIC SPAIN. Carthago Nova. Carthaginian Occupation. Circa 237-209 B.C. Æ. 5.38 gm. 18.5 mm. Male head right wearing crested Corinthian helmet / Date palm with fruit. MHC 113. SNG BM Spain 94. SNG Copenhagen 292. CNH p. 69, 41. Near Extremely Fine; glossy dark green patina with traces of olive green deposits and slight cleaning marks; well struck. Superb style. Handsome coin. Rare.
The Zabel Collection. Ex CNG Auction XXVII (29 September 1993) lot 347.
This magnificent male head has been linked to the Trojan War hero Achilles. It can likely also be identified with Alexander the Great.
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