Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC

Spain, Castulo. 2nd century BC


Semis or AE 20, 7.69g (20mm, 5h). Beardless male head r., diademed with letter Ka before / Bull standing r., crescent above; on exergue line city name.

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

References: SNG Münich 214; Villaronga 2156

Grade: VF  (gk1135)

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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.