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    Ashdod (Ca. 400-333 BC). AR eighth-shekel (15mm, 2.11 gm, 12h). Confronted bearded male heads with oriental hairstyles, border of dots / Cow suckling calf, crescent and solar disk above, border of dots within incuse square. Gitler-Tal XX.6D (this coin). Samuels 15 (this coin). Mildenberg 1997 pl. 2,32 (this coin). Mildenberg 2000c pl. 59,83 (this coin). Unique. Small test cut on reverse. Very Fine.

    All published sources refer to this coin as a quarter-shekel or drachm. However, the weight of this coin, around two grams, as well as its obverse die link (Gitler-Tal XVI.17HDa), favors the attribution as an eighth-shekel or hemidrachm, an extremely rare denomination for the Philistian silver issues. Regarding the attribution here to Ashdod, see Gitler-Tal II.4D and Meshorer 1989: 288,4 for the reverse type.


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