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Persian Empire, Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 393 - 333 B.C.
The Phoenicians often used Egyptian symbols. The flail is the Egyptian royal scourge; Osiris often holds it in his right hand as a symbol of rule. The crook was originally the symbol of rule in Heliopolis; Osiris often holds it in his left hand. Hoards from this period containing coins of both Tyre and Sidon have been found in Egypt, in Israel, and as far away as Afghanistan.
GS84172. Silver 1/16 Shekel, Elayi-Elayi Tyre 1577 - 1578 corr. (hippocamp right in error); Betlyon 20; Rouvier 1819; BMC Phoenicia p. 233, 43; HGC 10 333 (R2); SNG Cop -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, toned, tiny edge split, Tyre mint, weight 0.358g, maximum diameter 7.9mm, die axis 270o
, c. 393 - 333 B.C.; obverse hippocamp left, curled wing, two lines of waves below, dot border; reverse owl standing left, head facing, transverse crook and flail held with far wing (Egyptian symbols of royalty), dot border; rare
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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