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    PHOENICIA. Sidon. Abdashtart I (365-352 BC). AR double shekel (26mm, 25.66 gm, 12h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5. War galley under oar to left over two zig-zag bands of waves below / King of Persia being driven in chariot left by driver; behind, the king of Sidon walking left, holding ritual objects. Elayi & Elayi 1345-8; Betlyon 21.

    This double shekel carries the usual galley obverse used at Sidon to advertise its wealth through maritime trade and its naval power. Sidon was one of the primary contributors of ships to the navy of the Persian Empire in times of war. The reverse type is remarkable and a little controversial. It appears to depict the Persian king riding in a chariot while the king of Sidon follows behind holding ritual objects, symbolizing the vassal status of Sidon. Recently it has been suggested that the apparent Persian king is really some unknown local deity and that the scene represents a religious procession, although it is difficult to understand why a Sidonian god would appear in Persian royal regalia.


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