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Phoenician Shekel  - Pendant  107 B.C.
Phoenician Shekel  - Pendant  107 B.C.
Phoenician Shekel  - Pendant  107 B.C.
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Phoenician Shekel - Pendant 107 B.C.

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A rare and hugely desirable  important Biblical coin type.  A silver shekel from the city of Tyre, Phoenicia.   

This coin has been set in a custom 14 k gold bale and bezel.  Because both sides of this coin are perfectly aligned it can be worn to display either side This rare, near perfect alignment, allows you to display the obverse, which is a portrait depicting the god Melqart (chief deity of Tyre). He is shown, facing right and wearing laurel wreath.  The reverse depicts an Egyptian style eagle on a prow standing.  

This coin was minted in 107 B.C. or year 20 of the Tyrian calendar.

The silver shekels produced by the Phoenician city of Tyre are coveted as some of the most fascinating of all Biblical period coins, by both Jews and Christians. By the half century before the birth of Christ, they had become the predominant coin in the Judaeo-Phoenician area. 

Every year, a Jewish man, 20 years and above, paid a voluntary half shekel tax to the Temple in Jerusalem. This tax, instituted by Moses (Ex 30:11, 16), was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (for himself and one other) or half-shekel (for only himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver and it was therefore the 94% silver Tyrian shekels that became the only accepted coin type for this tax. 

The Tyrian shekel is mentioned at least twice in the New Testament. Notably in Matthew 26:14, 15 when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, almost certainly Tyrian shekels from the Temple Treasury.

NGC Graded 4281794-001

 weight: 24.1 grams

 

Certificate of Authenticity included.