Coin of Tyre with bust of Melqarth

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 130–131

Mint: Syria, Tyre


Diameter: 24.5 mm. Weight: 10.67 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Melqarth right, lionskin knotted around his neck.
Reverse: Within oak wreath, club downwards.
Handle of club ends in monogram of Tyre.
Inscription in Greek around. In field, mixture of Greek and Phoenician letters.


By date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection; by 1961: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the R. Cyril Lockett Collection, part XII, February 21-23, 1961, lot 3003, partial); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 11, 1968

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III