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126 BC - 5 AD Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Half Shekel (Strike:4/5, Surface:3/5) Yr.43 (84/3 BC) NGC Ch XF

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126 BC - 5 AD Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Half Shekel (Strike:4/5, Surface:3/5) Yr.43 (84/3 BC) NGC Ch XF

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Why purchase this ancient Phoenician Half Shekel of Tyre?

The silver Tyrian Shekel and Half Shekel were the primary denominations of coinage circulated in the Judean region during the time of the New Testament, and the only form of payment accepted for the 1/2 shekel per male annual tax collected by the Great Temple in Jerusalem. Struck in the city of Tyre, 84/3 BC, this Half Shekel weighs 7.01 grams.

Remarkably Detailed Ancient Shekel Design

Ancient coinage was frequently struck with imagery honoring gods and goddesses. The obverse features a laureate portrait of the Phoenician god Melkart, patron deity for the Phoenician city of Tyre.

A left facing eagle is depicted standing on the prow of a ship on the reverse, with a palm frond over its shoulder. Field areas contain Greek and Phoenician letters representing a coded date and inscription that roughly translates as "of Tyre the holy and inviolable," with a club before the eagle, which is the Mint mark of Tyre.

Graded Choice Extremely Fine

NGC Ancients, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's specialized ancient coin division, graded this Silver Half Shekel of Phoenicia, struck 84/3 BC in the city of Tyre, to be Ch. XF, Choice Extremely Fine. Additionally graded 4/5 for strike characteristics and 3/5 for condition of surface, this superbly struck coin, with a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 45, features fully detailed images with some even wear on the highest surfaces.

This Silver Half Shekel struck in the ancient Phoenician City of Tyre will be a beautiful addition in your ancient coin collection!


Year of Issue:126 BC - 5 AD
Mint:Greek Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch XF