Dating phoenician coins
Tyre was never one of the six cities of refuge in the Bible so refuge would be used in a generic sense that is not connected with the Mosaic legal system. The temple Shekel with Herakles on it was one SUCH THING that Jesus was talking about: "The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and , such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.) The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?At the same time it would have been illogical for Tyre to continue minting these shekels while the market was flooded with inferior Roman provincial coinage. In that year the Jewish War against the Romans broke out. witnessed the commencement of the minting of truly Jewish shekels featuring the inscriptions "SQL YSR'L" ("shekel of Israel") and "YRWSLYM HQDWSH" ("Holy Jerusalem"; see Chapter Four) "shekel of Israel" in contrast to Tyrian shekel, and "Holy Jerusalem" in contrast to "Holy Tyre" as denoted on the Tyrian shekels.We must also consider the time of the cessation of the minting of Tyrian shekels. The leaders of the revolt were in need of coins of a new type that would demonstrate the historical change by means of symbols and inscriptions. If the Tyrian shekels were struck in Tyre, there would have been no reason for the cessation of their minting in 66 C.
It is clear that emphasis was placed on the purity and weight of the silver, while no importance was attached to the coin's appearance as a product of Jewish Jerusalem and not of Tyre." (A Treasury Of Jewish Coins, Ya'akov Meshorer, p76, 2001 AD) 3."The differences between the group of early Tyrian shekels minted in 127-19 B. If this happened a further speculation is that the skilled Tyrian die makers boycotted the production in Jerusalem when the "club symbol" of the Tyre mint remained on the coin even though it was NOT produced in Tyre. The poor quality is seen in the portrait of Heracles and the eagle.It likely bugged the Jews to created the dies of a Greek pagan God, so they did it poorly.That's about as consistent as a fuzzy, "out of focus" nude pin up of a blonde in the men's washroom of the church building.One of Meshorer's principal arguments was based on the decline in style of Tyre sheqels of the later type.He believed this degradation was due to the lack of skill of Jewish mintmasters, not to mention their disinterest in the pagan designs that they treated with disdain.