CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.

Ancient Coins - CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.
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51 Half Shekel (23mm, 6.39g). Dated CY 51 (BC 76/75). PHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR. Laureate bust of Melkart right / Eagle standing left on prow, with palm frond over shoulder; to left, AN (date) above club; Greek letter Δ monogram, typical for this year's right field, Phoenician letter between legs is undecipherable. DCA-Tyre 480; Rouvier –; BMC 224; DCA 921; HGC 10, 358, no significant flaws. Darkish Silver Oxide patina, with lustrous devices against darker background. Strong 4/5 strike and a 2/5 surface. Graded Ch VF, authenticated and encapsulated by NGC.



This half shekel is 2100 years old and has seen many of history's most important cultures dwindle into nothingness, yet it’s still here. Fortunately coins survive where civilizations do not.

 

Half shekels of Tyre and only half shekels of Tyre, were accepted by the Jewish priests for payment of annual taxes. These are the coins that set Jesus off as he observed the money changers charging outrageous rates for changing their money in to these shekels. It’s likely a few of copies of this coin have been preserved because they rolled in to a crack or crevice of the Temple as Jesus overturned tables.

 

Then there is Judas, who most experts now believe was paid with either these coins, or the larger full shekel of Tyre.


The Apostle Peter, who always seemed to be in some sort of predicament found himself without sufficient funds to pay his annual tax. Jesus, no doubt hiding a wry smile, told him to go fish and he'd find the money for his taxes in the mouth of the first fish he caught. One great thing about Peter is that he was always game for any kind of exchange and this one was no different. It didn't take long to catch the fish and in it's mouth there was a full shekel of Tyre. Jesus sent him off to pay his own tax and asked him to use the change to pay his, as well.

 

What an amazing and important coin this is. It’s dated, allowing us to know when the shekel was used as well as letting us know how many still survive. This particular half shekel is scarce, making it more rare than the average shekel.

 
 
Ancient Coins - CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.
Ancient Coins - CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.
Ancient Coins - CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.
Ancient Coins - CY 51 (BC 76/75) Half Shekel of Tyre, ChVF, Scarce.
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