Please add updates or make corrections to the NumisWiki text version as appropriate.
    MVREX, a shellfish, of the liquor whereof was made the celebrated purple of the Tyrians; accordingly it forms the numismatic symbol of Tyre.----It is said that the inventor of this purple dye made the discovery by accidentally observing the jaws of his dog tinctured with the liquor of the murex.----A colonial medal of Tyre, struck under Elagabalus, and another under Gallienus, are given by Vaillant as exhibiting the murex, or conchylium.----See Tyrus.

View whole page from the |Dictionary Of Roman Coins|