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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.
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”.
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