SYRIA. Phoenicia. Tyre. AR Shekel (14.39 gms), Dated CY 48 (79/8 B.C.). NGC Ch AU, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5. Rouvier-2032; HGC-10, 357. Obverse: Laureate bust of Melkart right, with drapery tied around neck; Reverse: Eagle standing left on prow; palm frond behind; to left, HM (date) above downward club; Δ to right, Phoenician B between legs. RARE quality from the series referred to in the Bible as the "thirty pieces of silver," this example offers a great strike and pleasing toning, with some alluring golden highlights sprinkled throughout.