SHEKEL OF TYRE 1 B.C. – 1 A.D. This coin comes from a silver mint in Tyre ,which is a large port city in Phoenicia (now Lebanon) who were among the 1st cities in the region to strike its own coinage. Considered one of the most popular coins in the Bible , Judas was given 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus to the authorities. It was also the most favorable coin for the men to pay their “Temple Tax” every year. Obverse shows a Laureated Head of Melkarth, a Phoenician God in the form of the Greek God Herkales. The reverse has an eagle standing on a ship’s prow with a palm branch in the background. The legend in Greek reads “Tyre Sacred & Inviolable Sanctuary”. The club is a symbol of Melkarth.
30 silver plated coins in a velvet bag