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CNG 111, Lot: 81. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARTHAGE, Libyan Revolt. Circa 241-238 BC. BI Shekel (23mm, 7.16 g, 12h). Uncertain mint in northern Africa. Head of Herakles left, wearing lion skin / Lion standing right; Punic M above. Carradice & La Niece 1; CNP 433b; MAA 53; SNG Copenhagen 239. Good VF, lightly toned, struck from worn dies, overstruck on an uncertain issue (see below). Excellent metal for type, unusually well centered and complete on a broad flan.

Ex Parsy (28 October 2017), lot 140.

This type is normally found on clearly billon flans, but this coin appears to be struck on a much higher quality metal. There are traces of an undertype visible, what appears to be the tail and hind legs of a horse standing right, with an unclear control mark between the legs, but none are distinct enough to suggest a particular issue, though it is almost certainly Carthaginian.