300-BC SICULO-PUNIC - AR TETRADRACHM
PCGS CHAU4/5SICULO-PUNIC. Entella. Ca. 300-289 BC. AR tetradrachm (24mm, 17.03 gm, 3h). Quaestors issue, NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 5/5. Head of young Heracles right, wearing lion-skin headdress / Head and neck of horse left; palm tree behind; Punic MHMHNT' ('People of the Camp') below.
This ''Siculo-Punic'' coinage (''Punic'' from the Latin name for Carthaginians, Poeni) closely follows the Greek weight standards, themes and style of silver coins of Syracuse, Gela, Akragas and other cities. Image of Herakles from the vast coinage of Alexander the Great, paired with a horse head and date palm tree reverse. Carthaginians identified the Greek hero Herakles with Melqart, the patron god of Tyre.
NGC Graded Ch AU Strike; 5/5. Surface; 4/5