AR SHEKEL OF TYRE
Hendin 1620, RPC I 4679, Very Fine+, 24.4mm, 14.12 grams, Dated POΔ year 174 - 48/49 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 right shoulder, date (POΔ = 48/49 C.E.) and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE", KP in right field above monogram
A LOVELY coin beautifully toned and struck on great metal. Tight thick flan as typical for the period and FULL weight!
The coins bearing the "KP" monogram 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.