Bronze Coin Hoard of Hannibal
Own a coin that was used to pay the soldiers of Hannibal the Carthaginian General, as he ravaged the Romans!
A Part of Western History.
Carthage, the great maritime trading city was founded in North Africa by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Due to its favorable geographic location and excellent harbor facilities, Carthage eventually achieved economic independence from the mother city. She soon found herself in competition with the rising republic of Rome. The bulk of the bronze coinage from this hoard was likely issued during the time of Hannibal and the 2nd Punic War with Rome. Hannibal crossed the Alps in 218 BC with 35,000 soldiers and elephants to rout the Romans at the battles of Lake Trasimeno and Cannae. The Romans eventually rallied under Scipio Africanus, resulting in the defeat of Hannibal. Carthage went into permanent decline and was eventually destroyed by the Romans.
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