Shekel of Tyre with Melqart riding hippocamp
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 350–310 B.C.
Mint: Phoenicia, Tyre
Diameter: 21.5 mm. Weight: 8.82 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
Obverse: Melqart riding right on hippocamp, reins in right hand, strung bow in left.
Reverse: Owl stands to right, head front.
Behind, crook and flail.
In field at right: IIIIO
By date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1965: with Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Walter Niggeler Collection, pt. 1, Malzgasse 25, Basel, December 3-4, 1965, lot 487); January 12, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co., AG
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour