AR SHEKEL OF TYRE, PHOENICIA, "30 PIECES OF SILVER"
Hendin - 6652, HGC 10, 357, DCA 920, Near Extremely Fine, some minor scratches and marks, 24.2mm, 14.23 grams, Dated PΞB year 162 - 36/37 C.E.
Obverse: Laureate head of Melqart, wearing knotted lionskin around neck
Reverse: Eagle standing left with right foot on prow of ship, palm branch over rt. shoulder, date (PΞB 162 = 36/37 C.E.) and club in field to left, surrounded by inscription "OF TYRE THE HOLY AND INVIOLABLE", KP in right field above monogram, letter Aleph between legs
A nicely struck and centered example, especially for this date! Strong quality metal as is evidenced by the heavy weight of the coin.
The coins bearing the "KP" monogram were postulated by Y. Meshorer to have been minted in Jerusalem. Contemporary scholars disagree and place the location at different mints either in Phoenicia or Israel.