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Shekel of Phoenicia, Tyre

Silver shekel, 29mm, 14.10gm, issued 88/87 BC.

Obv: Laureate head of Melkart right.

Rev: TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Eagle standing left, palm branch over shoulder, and ΘΛ club to left, Δ to right, Phoenician letter A between legs.

References: see Sear 5919, HGC 357.

Tyre was an important trading city in Phoenicia and the city was granted independance by the Seleucid queen Cleopatra Thea in 126/5 BC, from which the civic era numbering on its shekel's are dated, this shekel issued in Year 39. Traditionally the "30 pieces of silver" paid to Judas are thought to be shekels..

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