Greek Bronze Carthage Zeugitana Horse 215-201 BC (097)
Ancient Greek bronze coin with an image of a long necked horse looking back over its shoulder. The reverse side of the pendant is a lovely rendering of the goddess Tanit, wearing a wreath of corn.
This bronze coin has an unique dark green patina that looks like stone. The raised portion of the horse is highly polished. This pendant catches your eye with the diamond accents highlighting the textures of the coin. The beautiful color and texture exemplifies the one of a kind aspect of ancient coin jewelry.
One of a kind with Certificate of Authenticity.
Chain is sold separately. See Chains
Size 22mm in an 18kt gold mount, accented with Canadian sourced diamonds.
Greek bronze coin from Zeugitania, Carthage. (North Africa, Tunisia)
Dated: 215-201 BC
Carthage, near modern Tunisia, was founded in c. 814 BC by Dido, sister of King Pygmalion of Tyre. With its superior location near the sea, the Carthaginians expanded their Western Mediterranean trading empire to include Sicily. Curiously, the Carthaginians didn't begin to issue coined money prior to their second invasion for Sicily in 409 BC. The style of artwork indicates that Greek artists were employed in the Carthaginian mints.
Tanit, chief goddess of Carthage, equivalent of Astarte. She was a mother goddess, a goddess of war, and fertility symbols often accompany representations of her.