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.