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CNG 103, Lot: 375. Estimate $500.
Sold for $2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR Shekel (23.5mm, 13.45 g, 1h). Dated CY 182 (AD 56/7). Laureate bust of Melkart right, lion skin around neck / Eagle standing left on prow; palm frond in background; to left, PΠB (date) above club; to right, KP above E(PH monogram); Phoenician B between legs. DCA-Tyre 436–7; RPC I 4679A; HGC 10, 357; DCA 920. Good VF, lightly toned. Good metal for issue. Extremely rare date, only 5 examples noted in DCA-Tyre, none in CoinArchives.

From the Dr. Lawrence D. Sporty Collection.

In DCA-Tyre, Cohen noted that none of the examples had clear control marks, suggesting that the present coin is also the finest known of these year 182 shekels.