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AR Half Shekel of Tyre, "Temple Tax Coin", Fine, 18 B.C.E. - 69 C.E. SOLD

  • AR Half Shekel of Tyre, "Temple Tax Coin"
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Hendin 1621, Fine, 19.3mm, 6.39 grams, date off flan, struck between 18 B.C.E. and 69 C.E., most likely between the 10's and 40's C.E.  

Obverse: Laureate head of Melqart, wearing knotted lionskin around neck

Reverse: Eagle standing left with right foot on prow of ship, palm branch over rt. shoulder, date and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE", KP in right field

 Clear bust of Melqart and off center reverse. Not a beauty, though pleasant enough and about as affordable a half shekel of Tyre as can be found.
The  Silver of Tyre were the purest in the world at 97% - 99% silver and were thus the only coins accepted for the payment of the Temple Tax in Jerusalem. The coins bearing the "KP" monogram (this type) were postulated by Y. Meshorer to have been minted in Jerusalem. Some contemporary scholars disagree and place the location at different mints either in Phoenicia or Israel.

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