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“Crucifixion” Year Shekel


PHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR Shekel (24mm, 14.01 g, 12h). Lifetime of Christ issue. Dated CY 159 (AD 33/4). Head of Melkart right, wearing laurel wreath, [lion skin around neck] / Eagle standing left on prow; palm frond in background; to left, PNΘ (date) above club; to right, KP above degraded monogram; Phoenician B between legs; TVPOV IE[PAΣ KAI AΣV]ΛOV around. DCA-Tyre 578; RPC I 4663; HGC 10, 357; DCA 920. Lightly toned, some deposits and die wear on obverse. Good VF. Clear date.

According to the traditional chronology, this coin was struck in the year of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.