Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC.

Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC.


AE18, 6.15g (18mm, 11h). Beardless male head r., diademed with letter Ka before / Bull standing r., crescent above; on exergue line city name (mostly off flan).

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

References: SNG Münich 214; Villaronga 2156

Grade: Slightly irregular flan. Pretty earthen red highlights with nice strike. EF  (gk1125)

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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.