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Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-AD 67/8) - Yr.96 (31/0 BC) - NGC Ch.VF (Strike: 3/5, Surface: 4/5)

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Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-AD 67/8) - Yr.96 (31/0 BC) - NGC Ch.VF (Strike: 3/5, Surface: 4/5)

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Why add this Silver Shekel struck in the Phoenician City of Tyre to your collection?

Imagery struck upon the coinage of the ancient Phoenician port city of Tyre follows the longstanding tradition of featuring designs honoring the city's patron god. This Silver Shekel, weighing 13.86 grams, was struck at the Tyre Mint in 31/0 BC with the image of Melkart, the Phoenician equivalent to the Greek god Heracles and the patron deity of Tyre.

Classic Shekel of Tyre Imagery

The right facing, laureate image of Melkart is featured on the obverse, surrounded by a beaded border.

The reverse illustrates an eagle resting upon the prow of a ship, with a palm branch hovering over its shoulder. The inscription translates as "of Tyre the holy and inviolable." The design resembles that of coinage previously struck by the Tyre Mint under the rule of the Seleucid Empire. A club, the Mintmark of Tyre, appears in front of the eagle.

Choice Very Fine Ancient Shekel

This Silver Shekel of Tyre, struck 31/0 BC, received the ancient coin grading of 3/5 for characteristics of strike and 4/5 for surface quality from NGC Ancients, the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Overall, the coin is deemed to be in Choice Very Fine (Ch. VF) condition, which equates to a Sheldon Scale grade range of 30-35. This coin will exhibit virtually complete detail with significant wear on the highest points of the coin.

This distinctive Silver Shekel of Tyre will be a treasured addition to your ancient coin collection!


Year of Issue:126/5 BC-AD 67/8
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch VF