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    Phoenicia, Byblos. Uzzibaal. Ca. 365-350 B.C. AR dishekel, (24 mm, 13.27 g, 9 h). War galley with lion's head prow ornament and three hoplites with small, round shields sailing left; below, zigzag row of waves, hippocamp swimming left and murex; between hippocamp and waves, Phoenician "NO" / Lion attacking bull to left. Cf. Betlyon 14 (lacking '"NO"); Dewing 2662. Toned XF.

    Byblos was an important Phoenician trading center. Although the city was known to natives as Gebal ("the Mountain"), the Greeks called it Byblos because of its involvement in the papyrus (byblos in Greek) export trade. The word Bible, which was originally written on papyrus sheets, is derived from Byblos. The city enjoyed the height of its prosperity before the seventh century B.C., after which it began a slow decline while its neighbors, Sidon, Tyre, and Arados, rose to greater prominence. Nevertheless, Byblos appears to have been the first of the Phoenician cities to issue coinage in the fifth century B.C.


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