Silver Shekel of Tyre – Second Temple Tax


Biblical Numismatic – Coin from the Time of Jesus

  • Minted in Tyre ca. 125 BC – AD 70
  • Coin of the Jerusalem Temple Tax
  • Full Shekel of Tyre.
  • Purest silver content of all coins from that period
  • IAA Export Approval available.
  • Certificate of authenticity included.

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Jerusalem Temple Tax Coin – Silver Shekel of Tyre

The Bible commanded that the each Israelite man should pay tax to temple as an offering to the Lord (Exodus 30:13). During the time of Jesus, the only shekel that the Temple in Jerusalem accepted was the silver shekel of Tyre. This was because this coin had the purest silver content available. Money changers at the Temple would sell Tyrian shekels in exchange for regular coins so that the people could bring the appropriate offering.

Jesus did not approve of people turning the Jerusalem Temple into a market.

Details: Very Fine Condition.

The silver shekel of Tyre featured the Phoenician god Melkart on the obverse, with a lion skin around his neck and a laurel wreath on his head. It featured  an eagle carrying a palm on the reverse.

Diameter: 1″ / 2.5 cm.
Weight: 12.7 gr.

Antiquities from the land of the Bible are great investments and teaching tools. They bring the Bible to life in a tangible way, connecting the stories of the Bible with real artifacts that illuminate the text.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity and all required documents for export approval.

Shipped direct from Jerusalem.

Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem. 



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