Silver Shekel of Tyre, VF/AVF, 11/10 B.C.E.

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AR SHEKEL OF TYRE, "30 PIECES OF SILVER"

Hendin 1620, VF/AVF, 27.4mm, 13.89 grams, Dated PIς year 116 - 11/10 B.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 (PIς 116 = 11/10 B.C.E.) and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE", KP in right field above monogram, letter Aleph between legs

A nice and reasonable example! Date rated R2 in DCA.
 
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.