TYRE SILVER HALF SHEKEL – RARE SPECIMEN STRUCK IN THE PERIOD OF CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK PHOENICIA COIN (Inv. 12168)
Silver Half Shekel, 6.47 g, 20 mm. Issue of Tyre Year 155 (AD 29/30) or 158 (AD 32/33).
Obv. Laureate head of Melkart right, within dotted border.
Rev. Eagle on prow to left, PNE or PNH (date) and club to left, KP and monogram to right, unclear Phoenician letter between legs.
DCA Tyre Supplement Release 2, 875 and 877 (both using the same obverse die in the same state of advanced wear)
NGC graded VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 2/5, labeled Year 158? (s.o.d. = same obverse die as Cohen (Tyre.R2), 877). Half shekels of Year 158 are documented in very few specimens which include that illustrated in Cohen’s DCA Tyre (DCA Tyre R.2, 877) and 2-3 others that have privately traded in the market. The artistic style at the time was extremely rough, making the the Greek number-letters of the date very difficult to interpret. This coin likely bears the Tyrian date of 158 as the worn state of the obverse die is exactly the same as on Cohen’s piece illustrated for year 158. Although the same obverse was used for a few years prior, such as Cohen 875/year 155, there it has greater detail and appears more fresh than on the present specimen. Despite the problems in determining the exact year, what is certain is that this coin, with substantial wear accrued over some time in circulation, was produced at the exact time frame when the historical Crucifixion is believed to have taken place.