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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1334489

Please refer to our stock # phoenicia2 when inquiring.
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Tyre Mint; 1st-2nd Century CE

Type 1:

Obverse: Turreted and veiled Tyche facing right, palm frond behind.

Reverse: A V over IERAS above Phoenician war galley. Phoenician inscription below.

Weight: 6.41; Diameter: 21.6mm

BMC, 252-267

Type 2:

Obverse: Turreted and veiled Tyche facing right, palm frond behind, murex shell before.

Reverse: ΤΥΡ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ ΛΕΩΣ, ΗΛΣ (above). Phoenician galley sailing left. Phoenician letters “of Tyre” in exergue.

Weight: 7.73 g; Diameter: 21.45mm

BMC, 315

Type 3:

Obverse:Turreted and veiled Tyche facing right, palm frond behind.

Reverse: Palm tree with two bunches of dates. IE-RAS, date in left field.

Weight: 2.78 g; 15mm

BMC, 263 var

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Composed of a group of semi-autonomous city-states, the Phoenicians are justly known to history as a sea-faring people. Located on the eastern Mediterranean coast their civilization was well situated to be a naval and trade powerhouse. At its height, their trade network spanned the entirety of the southern Mediterranean and their ships were in high demand as naval vessels. After an autonomous existence for thousands of years they were eventually conquered by the Persians and subsequently Alexander the Great. During the Hellenistic period they were ruled by the Ptolemies and then the Seleucids. After gaining its independence from the Seleucids in 126 BCE they retained their autonomy until they were absorbed into the Roman province of Syria by Pompey. They continued to be an important commercial center and mint well into the Common Era.