Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

A small personal touch: graffiti on Carthaginian gold coins

Sep 13, 2022, 4:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall


Jérémy Artru (Université d'Orléans / IRAMAT-CEB )


Even if the study of coin graffiti has been revived for several years, Punic coins have been left out, despite the interest that such a study has for the understanding of a coinage which remains poorly understood in many respects.
This communication aims to approach this subject from a quantitative and qualitative point of view. Firstly, the large corpus available allows us to identify trends in the occurrence of graffiti depending on individual series. It may be seen that Carthaginian gold is more affected than silver. And within the gold coinage, two groups issued ca 300 BC are more affected than others. On an individual scale, the diversity of the graffiti is also apparent, especially for the gold coins (Punic letters, Greek letters, traces more difficult to identify...). These elements could provide insights into the uses of coins struck by Carthage and their users.

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Jérémy Artru (Université d'Orléans / IRAMAT-CEB )

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