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Silver Sela (Tetradrachm)– from the Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132–135 C.E.
Obv.: Facade of the Temple in Jerusalem. Above Temple, a rosette. Around, paleo-Hebrew inscription: “Shimon”.
Rev: The ‘Four Species’ connected to the Feast of Tabernacles, surrounded by inscription: “For the freedom of Jerusalem”.
A Silver Half Shekel. Minted in Tyre.
This coin was customarily used to pay the half shekel head-tax to the Temple in the Second Temple period.
At the time the Jerusalem Temple stood, every Jew was commanded to donate a half shekel to the Temple. This sum allowed all Jews, wealthy or poor, to contribute in the building’s maintenance, and for the purchase of the public sacrifices.
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