Phoenicia Tyre 126 BC AR Shekel Silver “EAGLE” Coin ~ NGC ch AU 4x3 ~
The "KAP" monogram (Kratos Romaion: power of the Romans) that appears on all shekels after 18 BC is the official mark of Herod's coin minted in Jerusalem. The minting place of the Tyre Shekel has been subject of discussion since Meshorer's revolutionary concept, published in 1982, that Herod the Great and the authorities at the Jerusalem Temple feared a cessation of minting in Tyre, and transferred this issue to a mint in Jerusalem in around 19/18 BC. One of Meshorer's principal arguments was based on the decline of style of Tyre shekel of the later type. He believed this degradation was due to the lack of skill of Jewish mint masters, not to mention their disinterest in the pagan designs that they treated with disdain. He referred to them as barbaric and clunky, and suggested their smaller, thicker shape hinted they were direct predecessors to the thick shekels struck by the Jews during the Jewish War.
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