Ancient Greece (Phonecia) Shekel of Tyre  126BC to 65AD
Ancient Greece (Phonecia) Shekel of Tyre 126BC to 65AD

That is Melqart, god of the Phoenician city of Tyre, on the front of this nice silver coin. On the eagle side, you can see the Greek inscription TYPOY (IEPAX) for the city of Tyre. A vertical club is found to the left of the eagle.

These coins date from before Christ to after, and come in two basic denominations:

SHEKEL: about 14 grams, about 28 mm diameter
HALF SHEKEL: about 7 grams, about 22 mm diameter

Numismatists who study these intriguing coins understand the dating system and the minting system, which appear to the left and right of the eagle. But those details are beyond CoinQuest's scope and do not affect value too much. What does affect value is condition and overall eye appeal.

The coin in our picture comes from Heritage Auctions where it sold for $1500 US dollars during a 2015 auction. This is an unusally high price because of the detail and beauty of the piece. Our approximate catalog values below adjust downward from this Heritage piece, because it is so special. A large close-up appears below, so you can see the detail

Very approximately:

worn: $300 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $800

worn: $400 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $600
well preserved: $1200

These are catalog values. Use our Important Terminology page to understand how to use catalog values.

Coin: 19506 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Jerry, Thu, 02-Jul-2015 12:42:56 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 02-Jul-2015 15:23:19 GMT
Requester description: 83BC Looks like image of melkart on one side. Eagle on other with date letters 'TM'. On the right 'AE'. On the upper right of eagles head letters ' TV(orY) I O V(or Y) last one one the right side is maybe a p(or Y).
On the upper left side of eagle has VYV then looks like a sideways N, YIVY. Also looks like a branch vertical below the year mark 'TM'.
Tags: ancient greece phonecia shekel tyre 65 sheqel sheqalim shekels melkart one eagle letters monogram upper eagles head ory v last vyv yivy branch vertical year mark ones eaglets egals egal eagel script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials twigs stalks spray sprig limb stick twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branches branched sticks vertically verticle deutschemark reicshmark dreimark sammel marke dutchemark kohlenmarke reichmark sammelmarke deuchmark markas marks marc satzmarke reichsmark marck melqart typoy iepa typoyipea tyioy


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