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Roman Provincial Coins from Phoenicia

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Tyre, Phoenicia

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The attribution of this type to Tyre is uncertain. Sear notes the mint may be Antioch.
SH11416. Silver tetradrachm, BMC Phoenicia 29, SGICV 1089 variety, gVF, weight 14.173 g, maximum diameter 25.93 mm, die axis 180o, Tyre mint, 111 A.D.; obverse AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate head of Trajan right, club on left and eagle on right below; reverse ∆HMAPC EΞ IE YΠAT E (regnal year 15, 5 times Consul), City goddess (Tyche?) seated on a rock holding heads of grain, river god (Orontes?) swimming at her feet.; superb reverse, some mint luster, some scratches on obverse; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 36 - 37 A.D.

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After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The Jerusalem shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
SH22683. Silver shekel, RPC I 4695, BMC Phoenicia -, SNG Cop -, F, weight 13.128 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 0o, 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, PΞB (year 162) and club left, KP and monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 18 B.C. - 69 A.D.

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After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The Jerusalem shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
JD33352. Silver half shekel, Hendin 920, SGICV 5209, aVF, weight 6.265 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 18 B.C. - 69 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, uncertain date & club left, KP and monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; barbaric style with blundered legends and date, typical of the later coins attributed by some experts to Jerusalem; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 11 - 12 A.D.

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Half Shekel - the currency of the Jerusalem Temple
After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. Other experts believe all of the type were struck at Tyre. These later coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The late shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
SH22682. Silver half shekel, RPC I Supp. 4687E, F, weight 6.178 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 45o, 11 - 12 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, ΠΛ (year 137) and club left, KP and monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; rare year; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 47 - 48 A.D.

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Half Shekel - the currency of the Jerusalem Temple
After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. Other experts believe all of the type were struck at Tyre. These later coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The late shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
SH26438. Silver half shekel, Hendin 920, SGICV 5209 var., aVF, weight 6.488 g, maximum diameter 19.00 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 47 - 48 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, uncertain date and club left, KP and EPH monogram right, Aramaic beth between legs; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 42 - 43 A.D.

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Half Shekel - the currency of the Jerusalem Temple
After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. Other experts believe all of the type were struck at Tyre. These later coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The late shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
SH26225. Silver half shekel, RPC I 4700 (1 specimen cited), Cohen DCA 922, HGC 10 358, Prieur -, BMC Phoenicia -, aVF, dark toning, weight 5.353 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond on far side behind, PΞH (year 168) over club left, KP over monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; rare year; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 36 - 37 A.D.

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JD35412. Silver half shekel, RPC I 4695, Prieur 1465, Hendin 920, SGICV 5209, F, weight 6.493 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, PΞB (year 162) left, KP and monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; SOLD


Tyre, Phoenicia, 126 B.C. - 65 A.D., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver

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Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver
"Then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, 'What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver." Matthew 26:14-15. Shekels of Tyre were the only currency accepted at the Jerusalem Temple and are the most likely coinage with which Judas was paid for the betrayal of Christ.

The Temple Tax Coin
"..go to the sea and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou has opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them [the temple tax collectors] for me and thee." Since the tax was one half shekel per man the coin would have to be a shekel to pay the tax for both Jesus and Peter. Matthew 17:24-27
JD41483. Silver shekel, RPC I 4627, BMC Phoenicia p. 246 -, F/aVF, tight flan, weight 13.245 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 45o, Tyre mint, 39 - 38 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond under wing, date ΠH (year 88) over club left, monogram right, Aramaic letter between legs; rare year; SOLD


Tyre, Phoenicia, 99 - 98 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver

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Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver
"Then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, 'What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver." Matthew 26:14-15. Shekels of Tyre were the only currency accepted at the Jerusalem Temple and are the most likely coinage with which Judas was paid for the betrayal of Christ.

The Temple Tax Coin
"..go to the sea and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou has opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them [the temple tax collectors] for me and thee." Since the tax was one half shekel per man the coin would have to be a shekel to pay the tax for both Jesus and Peter. Matthew 17:24-27
SH28068. Silver shekel, Prieur 1374; BMC Phoenicia, p. 246, 176 var. (right monogram), VF, weight 12.897 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre mint, 38 - 37 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date ΠΘ (year 99) over club and palm frond left, YB monogram right, Aramaic beth or peh between legs; SOLD


The Temple Tax Coin, Tyre KP Type Half Shekel, Jerusalem or Tyre Mint, 41 - 42 A.D.

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At the Great Temple in Jerusalem the annual tax levied was 1/2 shekel per male. The 1/2 shekel and shekel were the only coins accepted by the temple. Some experts believe that after the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The "Jerusalem" shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.

JD40446. Silver half shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 253, 241; RPC I 4699; Prieur 1469, VF, corrosion, dark toning, weight 5.940 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, PΞZ (year 167) over club left, KP over Φ right, Aramaic aleph between legs; SOLD




    




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