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Lot # 268 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$1500 / Price Realized: US$6000
Phoenicia, Tyre. Half Shekel
Phoenicia, Tyre. Half Shekel, 7.06gg. (12h). Phoenicia, Tyre, Year 159 = 33/4 AD. Obv: Laureate bust of Heracles (Melqart) right with lionskin knotted around neck. Rx: TYPOY IEPA - KAI AYOY Eagle with closed wings standing left on prow, with palm branch behind shoulder and Phoenician letter between his legs; date PN and club in left field; KP / A / N in right field. RPC 4693 (1 spec.). Prieur 1463 (1 spec.). This coin was struck on one of the two dates, 31 and 33 AD, thought to be the date of Christ's crucifixion. VF.

Y. Meshorer thought that all Tyrian shekels and half shekels from Year 109 on, when the letters KP were added to their reverse design, were struck at Jerusalem rather than Tyre, but the authors of RPC I, pp. 655-6, do not accept this hypothesis.
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