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Why the dramatic change in flan size with KP shekels of Tyre?

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Nemonater:
Has there ever been an explanation (or guess) of why there was a change in the manufacture of the flans on the shekels of Tyre?

The early shekels had large 27-31mm flans, which properly allowed for the size of the die. Later, although the weight remains fairly consistent, the flans become smaller 22-26mm, and allow only a partial strike.

I've included 4 examples, two early and two late, demonstrating the obvious change in size.

Nemonater:
A better way to see the difference

DzikiZdeb:
KP shekels were struck  from year 108 (RH) in other mint, most likely Jerusalem.

Here is old thread about it: https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=70056.0

Nemonater:
That would seem to make sense. However, I believe scholars have thoroughly debunked the "Jerusalem mint" theory.

dwarf:

--- Quote ---However, I believe scholars have thoroughly debunked the "Jerusalem mint" theory.
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Surely they did!
But dealers still like it, as the coins get much better prices

Regards
Klaus

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