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    The Walls of Gaza

    Gaza (Ca. 445-410 BC). AR quarter-shekel (14.5mm, 4.11 gm, 12h). Oriental female head to r. wearing double necklace, within circular border of dots / City wall with three turrets, palm trees between, upon a rampart, lion reclines in foreground to r., all within incuse. Gitler-Tal XV.2Da (this coin). Samuels 7 (this coin). BMC Palestine 21, pl. xix,21. J.P. Six, Numismatic Chronicle 1877, p. 223, 11 (2 specimens cited). Traite pl. CXVIII, 15 (attributed to Sidon). This coin is the best of six known specimens for this reverse type. Extremely rare. Good Very Fine.

    There are two obols of this type also published by J.P. Six, as well as two quarter-shekels publisher by Gitler-Tal, The presence of the palm trees on the reverse, as well as find-spots, favors the attribution to Gaza rather than Sidon. The reverse of this coin is enlarged at Samuels 4,7.


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