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Shekel of Tyre with Melqart riding hippocamp

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Obverse: Melqart rides right on hippocamp, reins in right hand, strung bow in left. Below, dolphin. Cable border. Reverse: Owl stands to right, head front. Behind, crook and flail. Cable border. In field at right: IIIIO

Provenance

By date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1965: with Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Walter Niggeler Collection, pt. 1, Malzgasse 25, Basel, December 3-4, 1965, lot 487); January 12, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co., AG

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period, about 350–310 B.C.

Mint

Tyre, Phoenicia

Dimensions

Diameter: 21.5 mm. Weight: 8.82 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

66.5

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins