This Weeks Featured Coins:
Carthage, EL Tri-Stater from the 1st punic war.
— Carthage was a great maritime trading city that was founded by Phoenician colonists from Tyre in the 8 century B.C. From the 6th to the 3rd century B.C. the Carthaginians dominated trade in the western Mediterranean. The Carthaginians started minted coins at the end of the 5th century for the payment of troops engaged in the wars against the Greek city states in Sicily. The coins were derived from Greek coin designs, particularly those issues of Syracuse.
1652 Massachusetts Colony New England Shilling.
— The Massachusetts Colony General Court granted permission in 1652 to have die prepared for silver coinage. The first coins in the series were the New England (NE) Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence. The obverse of the New England series has NE struck on the obverse and a Roman numeral on the reverse designating the valuation of the coin (XII for the Shilling, VI for the sixpence, and III for the threepence). These were the first coins struck in the British American thirteen colonies.