Sicily, Siculo-Punians, Tetradrachm

This tetradrachm is evidence of the interrelations of the Mediterranean world around 300 BC. The obverse depicts the Greek hero Heracles with a lion's scalp. This was the traditional iconography on the coins of Alexander the Great. Hence our tetradrachm reflects the spirit of Hellenism.

The reverse, on the other hand, was influenced by Punic (Phoenician, Carthaginian) culture. It shows the magnificent head of a horse with a little palm tree next to it. For contemporaries it was obvious that this was a Siculo-Punic coin, money thus that had been minted in a Carthaginian mint in Sicily.