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Why add this Silver Shekel from the ancient Phoenician City of Tyre to your collection?
Shekels of Tyre fulfilled an important need in many parts of the ancient world by providing large denomination coinage in high-purity silver. The coin is of significance to religious historians for its reference in four separate stories of the Bible:1. It is the coinage upon the tables in the Temple that Jesus overturned twice.
2. It is noted as the coin used as payment for Temple tax.
3. It is the coin found by Peter in the fish's mouth to pay the town tax collector
4. It is likely the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas when he betrayed Jesus!
This coin is so iconic from the accounts in the Bible, that it was included in Money of the Bible from famous numismatic author, Kenneth Bressett.
Design of the Tyrian Shekel
The design of the shekel closely resembles coins minted at Tyre under the authority of the Seleucid Empire, with an eagle standing on the prow of a ship on the reverse. The obverse differs only in that it is the image of the Phoenician god Melkart appearing, instead of Demetrius II.
Graded Very Fine by NGC Ancients
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) Ancient coin division rates coins on an ascending scale of 1 to 5. In addition to earning the grade of Very Fine, this ancient coin has also received the grade of 4/5 for strike and 2/5 for surface characteristics. Lettering and features are sharp with moderate wear across the surface and high points.
Don't miss the chance to add this Silver Shekel circulated during the lifetime of Christ to your ancient coin collection! Order from MCM today.
|Year of Issue:||126/5 BC- c. 67/8|
|Weight in Grams:||13.62 g|
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