We would have given everything to see the face of the legendary African general and here he is, after years of digging in books, right in front of us.
This is a Carthaginian coin with an unmistakably black man on the front and an elephant on the back. How do we know that this is Chenu Bechola Barca called Hannibaal ?
1- The excavations in Carthage (present Tunisia) have only revealed black skeletons as we have shown here. Starting from this, it is asserted with certainty that Hannibaal was black as his people.
2- The Carthaginian coins represented only deities or highly ranked people in the State hierarchy.
3- This coin was probably made in 217 BC and was found near Lake Trasimeno in Italy, the year and place of a major victory of Hannibaal against the Roman Empire.
4- The elephant on the back is an elephant from India, recognizable by its small ears. Surus, Hannibaal’s beloved elephant, which carried him during his victories and which was the only elephant of the General arrived at Lake Trasimeno, was an elephant from India.
5- The man on the front wears a crown of laurels, sign of victory and attribute of the Greek deity Apollo. Hannibaal had just triumphed and had some affection for the character of Apollo.
There are other Carthaginian coins showing a Black man and an elephant. But this coin has special features and was found in a remarkable place. It is therefore a commemorative coin of victory at Lake Trasimeno. We can conclude that this coin shows Chenu Bechola Barca (Hannibaal). And as we see, he was extraordinarily africoid. It’s hard to make a nose flatter and lips bigger than that.
Ankh Udja Seneb to the Ka of ancestor Hannibaal !
By: Lisapo ya Kama
Source: Great Black Leaders, Ivan Van Sertima, pages 316-320 (Chapter of Wayne Chandler)