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Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money of the Bible Yr.87 (40/39 BC) - obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle on Prow NGC VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 2/5)
As low as: $1629.00
Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money of the Bible Yr.87 (40/39 BC) - obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle on Prow NGC VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)
As low as: $1675.00
Why add this Tyrian Shekel struck in Jerusalem to your collection?
The Shekel of Tyre was the official coin of the Jewish Temple, a high purity silver coin minted 126/5 B.C.- circa A.D. 67/8, first in the Phoenician City of Tyre, and after 20/19 B.C., in Jerusalem. This rare silver shekel was struck in the 116th year of the series, 11/10 B.C. in Jerusalem, just a few years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
The coins are historically significant for their repeated reference in stories of the Bible, such as the coin in the fish's mouth. These coins are discussed in Money of the Bible, written by Kenneth Bressett, famous member of the Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee.
Tyrian Shekel imagery
The obverse depicts the likeness of the Phoenician god Melkart. An eagle is perched on the prow of a ship on the reverse. The Jerusalem minted Shekel continued to include the Mint mark of Tyre, a club near the eagle's foot, because Herod did not want to give the appearance that Tyre had lost power and that the Jews were sovereign in Jerusalem.
Very Fine Silver Shekel
This Silver Shekel of Tyre was authenticated as genuine, then reviewed and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin division to be Very Fine. It was given the additional grading of 5/5 Strike and 2/5 Surface. The coin is evenly worn and flattened, but will exhibit some sharp lettering, and moderate definition of design elements. The condition of this Very Fine coin, struck 11/10 B.C., is protected and preserved in an NGC holder with grading label attached.
This Phoenician City of Tyre Silver Shekel will make an impressive addition to your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||126/5 BC- c. 67/8|
|Weight in Grams:||13.36 g|
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