Home More Phoenicia, Tyre Silver Shekel (126/5 BC-c.AD 67/8) - Money Of The Bible Yr.104 (23/2 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.104 (23/2 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.104 (23/2 BC) - obv. Melkart/rv. Eagle on Prow NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5)

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

Tyrian Shekels are categorized into two collections: those struck in Tyre (126/5 - 20/19 B.C.), and those minted in Jerusalem (20/19 B.C. - A.D. 66). This ancient coin is an "early" Shekel, produced by the Tyre Mint, differing from the Jerusalem Mint Shekels because they lack the reverse monogram added by Herod, and have a larger diameter with a concave shape. Tyre minted shekels also exhibit a higher quality of craftsmanship and design details. This beautifully struck coin weighs 13.79g.

Mentioned in the Bible in at least four different accounts, the Shekel of Tyre was featured in the book Money of the Bible. Written by famous Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee member, Kenneth Bressett, it is discussed with many other coins talked about or referenced int he Bible.

Melkart and eagle on prow design

Design of the Shekel of Tyre was consistent for the duration of the series. The obverse features the Phoenician god Melkart. The reverse depicts a magnificent eagle standing on the prow of a ship, a tribute to the importance of maritime commerce to the ancient port city of Tyre.

Choice Very Fine Silver Shekel

This Silver Shekel of Tyre, struck 23/2 B.C., the 104th year of the series, was reviewed and authenticated by the ancient coin experts of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) to be Choice Very Fine (Sheldon Scale equivalent of 30-35). Also graded 4/5 for strike quality, and 3/5 for condition of surface, the coin will exhibit a deep strike with almost complete details, high points worn flat, and overall pleasant eye appeal.

Add this historical silver artifact from the ancient Phoenician City of Tyre to your collection of ancient coins! Purchase this beautiful coin from MCM today.


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:13.79 g
Denomination:1
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