Year 106, c. 21/20 B.C.
Mint of Tyre
Obverse: Laureate bust of Herakles-Melkart facing right.
Reverse: Eagle standing on prow facing left, club in left field, BN monogram in right field. TY ROUIERAS around the outer right edge. The rest of the inscription is not visible.
Dotted outline on both sides. In excellent condition. Found in Jerusalem.
13.65 g; 2.85 mm diameter
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The Tyre shekel was the coin that was used for temple taxes in Jerusalem during the time of Christ. Due to its graven images it was seen as contradicting the First Commandment. It was for this reason that money changers could be found in the temple. It is there extortionist behavior which resulted in the passage found in Matthew 21:12-13 "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves."