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Lacking a silver currency of its own, the newly independent kingdom of Judaea came to accept the use of Tyrian silver as the main coin of the realm.
Tyrian shekels and half-shekels were the only coins acceptable as tithes and payments to the Temple in Jerusalem, which was vastly expanded by Herod the Great (37-4 BC).
From this year, Tyre began issuing silver coins, shekels and half-shekels, that were widely accepted in the Levant as a trade currency due to their carefully controlled weight and fineness.
Other letters and monograms identify the responsible mint magistrates; a Phoenician letter aleph or bet between the eagle's legs most probably indicate the office or workshop where the coin was struck.
Heritage is selling an interesting and challenging collection of ancient coins the evening of Monday, January 5, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. All of general type bust of Melqart right, wearing laurel wreath, lion-skin around neck / TYPOY IEPAS KAI ASY? DCA Supplement: Shekels of Tyre updates the rarity assessment (at least one example was found for most of the issues listed as U in Volume 1).