Trishekel, Iberian Peninsula

Trishekel, Iberian Peninsula

Trishekel from the Iberian Peninsula

Period: Roman Republic

Country: Spain

Denomination: Trishekel

Weight: 22,12 g

Quality: VF/EF (MBC+)

Auction house: Jesús Vico, S.A.

Date: 8 June 2017

Starting price: 18.000 euros

Historical context

Trishekels were the biggest silver coins minted by Cartago in the Iberian Peninsula. The specimen in the auction portraits a male head that some authors relate to Hannibal, while some others consider that it is a deity. The image depicted on the reverse is typically Carthaginian: a horse standing with a palm tree in the background. Horses were considered war and aristocratic items while palm trees were symbols of fertility. It is also noteworthy that the horse is depicted naked and without a driver. Naked horses are very common in Carthaginian coins but not on the coins of other cultures at that time, such as Rome. We can say that Cartago depicted the potential and their connection to nature, while Rome depicted their capacity and their technology.

Here you can find more information about the simbols represented on the Carthaginian coins and their comparison to Roman coins.

Market

Trishekels are extremely rare coins and thus their price is very difficult to determine. However, we have a very good reference for the coin that is now in the auction as this same specimen was hammered for 25.000 CHF in 2015.

Description from the seller

ACUÑACIONES HISPANO-CARTAGINESAS. Trishekel. A/ Cabeza masculina a izq. R/ Caballo parado a der., detrás, palmera con frutos. AR 22,12 g. CNH-63. ACIP-602. CC-234, mismo ejemplar. Leve doble acuñación en el anv. Pequeña muesca en el rev. No más de 5 ejemplares conocidos. MBC+. Rarísima. Ex NAC 84, N.º 547. El Trishekel es el mayor valor acuñado en plata por los cartagineses en la península, del que existen tres emisiones: con reverso proa de nave, elefante y caballo estante. El ejemplar que presentamos es de la última emisión. El retrato de esta impresionante pieza Bárcida guarda cierta similitud con las emisiones contemporáneas que muestran en el anverso el busto de Melkart-Heracles con maza sobre el hombro. Continúa siendo un tema a debatir si éste pretende representar a un miembro de la familia de los Barca (en concreto a Aníbal, tal y como propone la Dra. García Bellido) o, por el contrario, a una divinidad del panteón púnico. El reverso muestra el tipo más común de las monedas cartaginesas dentro y fuera de la península, al que en este caso se le une la palmera, otro símbolo de inspiración púnica.

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2 Comments

  1. LenilNo Gravatar 6 months ago

    How can I bid for this coin?

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