320 B.C. Ancient Carthage Gold Stater Coin, Zeugitania, NGC Extremely Fine (XF) Condition

A gold stater coin from Ancient Carthage, the powerful North African Empire and one-time rival to Rome. This coin was produced between 320-280 B.C. and measures 18mm in diameter, about the size of a dime. This coin is professionally graded and authenticated to be in Extremely Fine (XF) condition by the third-party grading company NGC, with light wear, a strong strike, and light scratches.

The obverse side of the coin features the portrait of Tanit, the main goddess of Carthage, while the reverse features a horse. The symbolism of the horse is unknown, but potentially related to another ancient Carthaginian god. The coin is encased in a archival-quality plastic certification holder by NGC. This listing is for the exact coin pictured.

Carthage was an ancient city-state on the African side of the Mediterranean, in modern-day Tunisia. The city of Carthage was the power center of the Carthaginian Empire, a force that dominated the Mediterranean from the 7th century B.C. up until the rise of the Roman Republic in the 2nd century B.C. The Roman and Carthaginian Empires fought a series of wars during the 3rd and 2nd centuries, culminating in the defeat of Carthage in 146 B.C. and the complete destruction of the city by Roman forces. The Romans destroyed nearly all Carthaginian texts after the war, rendering the historical record and our modern-day knowledge of Carthage very sparse.

Specifications: As with all coins I sell, I guarantee this coin's authenticity for life. This listing is for the exact coin pictured. The coin will be shipped in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer. Free shipping via USPS First Class - arrives in 2-5 business days. If you have any questions about the coin (or about coin collecting in general), please send me a message and I'll be happy to respond.

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