Shekel of tyre dating
What we mean by those words is that a few years ago the CY 153 shekel was listed by Edward Cohen in his Dated Coins of Antiquity, as “unreported”.Since then, two supplements to this classic work have been produced and now, not only are CY 153 shekels listed as reported, but we have photographs of the 3 of them.Antony gave title to the eastern kingdoms, as a gift to all of the children of Cleopatra.He then made his most important donation, one he hoped would help Egypt keep good relations with Rome.To his daughter, the beautiful Cleopatra Selene he gave the kingdoms of Cyrenaica and Libya.His youngest son, Ptolemy Philadelphus, received all Egyptian possessions in Phoenicia, Syria and Cilicia.It was a time when Cleopatra and Mark Antony were engaged in a large scale attempt to consolidate political support for Cleopatra’s reign.
In the latest standard, which was also the one used for the temple tax, the coins bore the likeness of the Phoenician god Melqart or Baal, accepted as the Olympian Herakles by the Greeks and derided as Beelzebub by Jews in the time of the Seleucids, wearing the laurel reflecting his role in the Tyrian games and the ancient Olympic Games.
The date allows us to just step back in time and have an actual physical link to the ancients and their places.
For our shekel of Tyre, “The Donations of Alexandria” were occurring at around the same time that it was being produced at the Tyre mint.
First, the monogram KP, always present on shekels minted near the midpoint of shekel production, is not found on this coin.
Instead, the letters KIP appear in the area where KP is typically found.