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i5421GREEK - Biblical Jerusalem -
Silver Tetradrachm (Shekel) of Tyre 24mm (13.3 grams)
Struck in Tyre 1/2 A.D.
Reference: RPC 4650a ---
Laureate head of Melquarth right.
KAIASVLOU TUPOVIEPAS Eagle standing left. -
This is a very rare biblical coin as it was the only coin that you can pay your "temple tax" with, as it did not feature any living person on the front as it was against the Jewish religion to worship idols. This type is actually extremely interesting. According to the state preservation of the reverse, the obverse may have been intentionally destroyed by someone paying temple tax, whom wanted to make sure the coin did not feature any living person. You are bidding on the exact coin pictured. Provided with a certificate of authenticity, and lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Makes a great gift. Tyrian shekels ( Tyrian tetradrachmas ) were coins of Tyre, which in the Roman Empire took on an unusual role as the medium of payment for the Temple tax in Jerusalem, and subsequently gained notoriety as a likely mode of payment for Judas Iscariot . The coins bore the likeness of the Phoenician god Melqart or Baal , accepted as the Olympian Herakles by the Greeks and derided as Beelzebub by Jews in the ... read more