AR Half Shekel of Tyre, "Temple Tax Coin", EF/AEF, Lovely style, 80/79 B.C.E.

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AR HALF SHEKEL OF TYRE, "TEMPLE TAX"

Hendin 1619, Extremely Fine/About Extremely Fine, minor scuff near hair, 22.8mm, 7.15 grams !

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 (47 = 80/79 B.C.E.) and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE", KP in right field

A Historic Temple tax coin in lovely style on EXCELLENT metal! High weight for the type.
 
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.