Home More Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money Of The Bible Yr.96 (31/0 BC) - Obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle On Prow NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money of the Bible Yr.96 (31/0 BC) - obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle on Prow NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

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Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money of the Bible Yr.96 (31/0 BC) - obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle on Prow NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

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Why purchase this ancient Silver Shekel from the Phoenician City of Tyre?

The silver Tyrian Shekel was first produced in 126/5 B.C., and was minted until approximately 67/8 A.D. when the first Jewish war broke out and the Romans destroyed the Temple. The Shekel was the official currency of the Jewish Temple, and is linked to several stories of the New Testament, including its use as the yearly 1/2 Shekel donation to the Temple. This Silver Shekel was struck by the Tyre Mint in the 96th year of the series, 31/0 B.C., and has a weight of 13.62 g. Coins of the series struck in Tyre are slightly concave in shape.

Kenneth Bressett, famous member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee member and numismatic author, discussed this ancient silver coin in his book, Money of the Bible. The coins is mentioned in at least four separate accounts throughout the Holy Bible.

Silver Shekel of Tyre imagery

The reverse depicts an eagle perched on the prow of a ship, with branch of palm behind. The image is surrounded by the Tyre Mint mark (a club), Greek text representing "of Tyre the holy and inviolable," and a coded date. The obverse features the image of the Phoenician god Melkart.

NGC Choice Very Fine

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) Ancient coin division graded this Silver Shekel of Tyre, struck 31/0 B.C., to be Choice Very Fine, with additional grading of 4/5 for strike quality, and 3/5 for surface condition. The coin will have characteristics similar to that of a coin graded 30-35 on the Sheldon Scale, almost complete image details, with high points flattened.

This Phoenician City of Tyre Silver Shekel, the official currency of the Jewish Temple, will make an extraordinary addition to your ancient coin collection!


Year of Issue:126/5 BC- c. 67/8
Mint:Phoenician Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch. VF
Finish:Mint State
Composition:Silver
Weight in Grams:13.62 g
Denomination:1
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