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1/2 shekel of Sidon with war galley

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Obverse: War galley to left, sails furled, double line of waves below. Reverse: Persian King stands to right, shooting with bow and arrow. On left, incuse head of Bes?; on right, incuse goat's head. Struck under Eshmunazar (?).


By 1975: with Numismatic Fine Arts, Inc., 16661 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 518, Encino, California (auction, March 20-21, 1975, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, lot 216); 1975: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 9, 1975

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, Late 5th century B.C.


Sidon, Phoenicia


Diameter: 18 mm. Weight: 6.86 gm. Die Axis: 12

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