I saw this shekel of Tyre on eBay item# 312084340349
I wasn’t aware ancients were certified or graded by PCGS. Is this a legitimate slab/coin?
The cert number shows up as a legitimate insert with the same information as the holder, but I have never seen one like that before.
Yes, I've seen a handful of these. They haven't slabbed more for a while but the only PCGS ancients always seem to be these Tyre shekels.
I believe these were done in one of those "bulk deals" with a large dealer customer. This was back before any of the TPGs did any kinds of ancients at all (except ICG, whose error-prone "products" were laughable).
You'll note it isn't actually graded, just "guaranteed genuine". Nor is it properly identified, in terms of a recognized catalog number.