. Carthage (c. 300-264) AE18/shekel. Sicilian or Sardinian mint, 4.92g, 18mm. Obv: Head of Tanit wearing wreath l. Rev: Horse's head r. Hoover: Coins of Sicily (2012), 1671; SNG Copenhagen 149. From the Orielensis collection, Ex Artemide eLive Auction 6, lot 221 KINGDOM OF NUMIDIA: Juba I (60-46 BCE), AR Denarius. 3.53g, 19mm. Obv: REX IVBA; Diademed and draped bust right, with sceptre over shoulder. Reb: Octastyle temple, Punic inscription around. MAA 29; SNG Copenhagen 523. From the JB (Edmonton) collection Darkly toned, reverse off centre, slightly scyphate flan. Juba became a friend and ally of Pompey as far back as 81 BCE when Sulla sent the latter to reinstate Juba’s father as king. During the civil war with Caesar, Juba trounced Caesar’s lieutenant Curio but after Pompey’s death, he stayed out of the final battle at Thapsus, regarding Metellus Scipio’s efforts as a lost cause. When his retreat was cut off, the story goes that he fought to the death with Cato’s friend Marcus Petreius, with the idea being only one of them would have to commit suicide afterwards. That fate fell to Petreius.