Spain, Castulo. Mid 2nd century BC

Spain, Castulo. Mid 2nd century BC


Semis or AE 22, 7.88g (22mm, 9h). Beardless male head r., laureate; dotted border; C N VOC.ST.F / Bull standing r., facing head; crescent above; C N FVL.CN.F.

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

References: SNG Münich 219; Villaronga 2119

Grade: Very nice issue with black patina and dusty white finish. Good VF  (gk1129)

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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.