Half AR Shekel of Tyre, Temple Tax, Very Fine, 86/85 B.C.E. SOLD

$800.00
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AR HALF SHEKEL OF TYRE, "TEMPLE TAX"

Hendin 1619, Very Fine, 22.3mm, 6.83 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 MA ( year 41 = 86/85 B.C.E.) and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE"

A nicely struck historic Temple Tax coin!
 
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.