Shekel of Tyre with bust of Melkart

Greek
Hellenistic Period
120–119 B.C.


Mint: Phoenicia, Tyre

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 300.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 14.33 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.232

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate bust of Melkart to right, wearing lion’s skin knotted around neck. Border of dots.
Reverse: Eagle standing to left with right foot on beak of ship and palm-branch over right shoulder.
In field at left: LZ and club downward. At right and between eagle’s legs: monograms.
Inscription around.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art, Bulletin VIII, no. 21); April 9, 1959 purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 196.50 (this is the total price for 59.232-59.244)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour