Zeugitana, Libyan Revolt (ca. 241-238/7 BC). Ar shekel. NGC Choice XF 3/5 – 3/5. Rare.


Zeugitana. Libyan Revolt (ca. 241-238/7 BC). BI shekel 23 mm. 7.75 gm. NGC Choice XF 3/5 – 3/5. Uncertain mint in northern Africa. Obv: Head of Heracles left, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck. Rev: ΛIBYΩN, lion prowling right; M (Punic) above. Carradice & La Niece 1. MAA 53. SNG Copenhagen 239. Will remove from slab at no charge upon request.
The Punic letter perhaps abbreviates the term machanat (“camp”) rather than the name Matho (a native rebel leader); the ethnic is thought to show that the coin was issued by the rebel alliance of mercenaries and natives, not by Carthage to pay the mercenaries.