Coins of the Second Temple period were minted in Tyre because of the purity of silver required.
Every Jewish male was required to pay the Temple tax every year for upkeep of the Temple. Read More...
"But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." (Matthew 17:27)
Only these silver coins were accepted as offerings in the temple by the High Priests and this created much business for the money changers, and this was what so enraged Jesus.
He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:13)
The Jews had to use the Drachma, a Greek currency until the first Revolt in the year 67 AD. Then they minted their own silver shekel and Half silver shekel to be used as the temple offering. This is what pushed Rome to assert it's authority in a more aggressive way over the residents of Judea.
Jesus Time Ancient Coins
Coins from the Second Temple in Jerusalem are a unique gift for collectors, Bible teachers and pastors to illustrate biblical teaching.
Our collection was discovered in Jerusalem area before the 1970 and was collected by my Grandfather Zakaria Mishriky the great Zak.
All of our ancient coins are identified by Zak and certified by his store while he carries a license to deal with Antiquities from the Department of the IAA which is the Israel Antiquities Authorities.