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    Phoenicia, Sidon. Uncertain king. Ca. 450-435 B.C. AR double shekel (29 mm, 23.4 g, 12 h). War galley left above waves / Slow biga left, carrying driver and bearded male figure wearing tiara; male figure in Asiatic costume behind, holding scepter and vase. Cf. Elayi and Elayi 1521-69; Betlyon 31. Toned VF, porous, flan flaw, test cut on reverse.

    Based on stylistic considerations this coin is most likely to be an issue of Tennes, the King of Sidon who revolted against the Persian King Artaxerxes III in 351 B.C. When the cause seemed lost Tennes saved himself and allowed Sidon to be burned. The reverse type of the double shekel is controversial. Traditionally it has been seen as the Persian King riding in his chariot with Tennes following on foot. However, it has been suggested recently that the figure in the chariot wearing the tiara is really a god or his image and that the scene represents a religious procession without reference to Persian hegemony over Sidon.


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