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Cartography on Carthaginian Gold Staters

... The Phoenicians, of course, may very well have crossed the Atlantic along with other peoples such as the Celts (McMenamin 1996a(McMenamin , 1996b(McMenamin , 1999cKelley 1990). But the putative Carthaginian coins (the 'Farley coins') described here may no longer be used to support the early crossing hypothesis. ...
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In this book, Mark McMenamin demonstrates that putative Carthaginian coins found scattered across the United States (the "Farley Coins") do not date back to antiquity but are in fact provocative (i.e., uprooted palm tree device) forgeries, possibly produced and scattered to confound researchers with archaeological 'fake news.'
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Numismatic evidence favoring the hypothesis of a Carthaginian presence in North America has recently come to light. The evidence is twofold. The first piece of evidence consists of a particular group of early Carthaginian gold coins (caIled staters) that bear a map (derived from modified Punic letters) showing both the Old World and the New World. Going from east to west, the maps show India, the south coast ofEurope above Sardinia and Sicily, and America. The second piece of evidence consists of aseries of seven or eight copper coins found scattered across North America from Nebraska to Georgia to Connecticut. The coins have an image of the Punic horse, the Phoenician palm tree (uprooted as if to be transplanted) and an enigmatic inscription in the Punic language. It seems unlikely that these coins were brought across the Atlantic in modern times, and if authentie they suggest a Carthaginian presence in ancient America.
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