1/2 shekel of Sidon with war galley

Greek
Classical Period
Late 5th century B.C.


Mint: Phoenicia, Sidon

Dimensions

Diameter: 18 mm. Weight: 6.86 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

1975.295

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: War galley to left, sails furled, double line of waves below.
Reverse: Persian King stands to right, shooting with bow and arrow.
On left, incuse head of Bes?; on right, incuse goat’s head.
Struck under Eshmunazar (?).

Provenance

By 1975: with Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., 16661 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 518, Encino, California (auction, March 20-21, 1975, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, lot 216); 1975: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 9, 1975

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour