Shekel of Tyre with head of Melkart

Greek
Hellenistic Period
115–114 B.C.


Mint: Phoenicia, Tyre

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 301.

Dimensions

Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 14.05 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

60.120

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 club downwards and BI.
Inscription in Greek at left, Phoenician letter between legs, monogram at right.

Provenance

By 1960: with George Allen and Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; gift of George Allen and Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, February 11, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Messrs. George Allen and Robert E. Hecht, Jr.