Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC

Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC


Semis or AE22, 11.41g (22mm, 2h). Beardless male head r., diademed with S before; dotted border / Bull standing r., crescent above; in field letter [S]; on exergue line city name (mostly off flan).

Pedigree: From an American Collection formed in the 1990's

References: SNG Münich 205; Villaronga 2116

Grade: Pretty earthen red highlights with nice strike. EF  (gk1124)

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Castulo is now modern-day Linares located in the province of Jaén. Castulo played a large part of the Roman conquest of Spain. It was here in 213 BC that the Carthaginian commander, Hasdrubal Barca, decimated Roman soldiers with his army of 40,000. In a turn of events however, through the pressure of the Roman general Scipio Africanus, the people of Castulo betrayed the Carthaginians and became a Roman occupied territory.