KENT-D28379: Siculo-Punic coin

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COIN

Unique ID: KENT-D28379

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete Iron Age copper-alloy / base silver Siculo-Punic coin, minted in Carthage or Sicily between c. 320 and 280 BC.

Obverse: Head of Tanit left wearing wreath and corn ears. Reverse: Horse standing right in front of date palm.

The coin is 15.4mm in diameter, 2.6mm thick and weighs 1.96 grams.

This coin does have a silvery appearance and billon coins for this issue have been noted (three are in the Bardo Museum in Tunisia - see Alexandropoulos 2007, p. 367 (cited below). Note also that the dating of this issue is not known for certain and some scholars have dated the series to earlier in the 4th century BC.

A number of thes pieces have been recorded as being found in Kent before. See D. Holman, 'Iron Age Coinage and settlement in East Kent', Britannia XXXVI (2005), pp. 5 (Fig 2, no. 14) and 40, note 183.

Notes:

SNG Copenhagen North Africa pl. 5, no. 109ff; R. Calciati Corpus Nummorum Siculorum. The Bronze Coinage. (Milan, 1983 - 1987), vol. III, p. 388 (Kartago), no. 20; J. Alexandroupoulos, Les Monnaies de l'Afrique antique (Toulouse, 2007), p. 366, no. 18; M. Viola, Corpus Nummorum Punicorum (Rome, 2010), p. 205, no. 194.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: GREEK AND ROMAN PROVINCIAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: GREEK AND ROMAN PROVINCIAL
Period to: GREEK AND ROMAN PROVINCIAL
Date from: Circa 320 BC
Date to: Circa 280 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Weight: 1.96 g
Diameter: 15.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 3rd March 2017 - Friday 3rd March 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Helena Costas
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Unit view all attributed records
Mint or issue place: Sicily
Obverse description: Head of Tanit left wearing wreath and corn ears.
Reverse description: Horse standing right in front of date palm.
Die axis measurement: 4 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: Denton with Wootton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2347
Four figure Latitude: 51.17872249
Four figure longitude: 1.18916374
1:25K map: TR2347
1:10K map: TR24NW
What3Words: cello.models.graphic
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: Friday 23rd June 2017
Updated: Tuesday 27th June 2017

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