Jerusalem Tyre Half-shekel, KP

Jerusalem Tyre Half-shekel, KP

Jerusalem Tyre Half-shekel, KPTyre silver half-shekel, with KP mint mark, "year 176" (49-50 ce). Mishna : “What is a Tyrian silver (coin)? It is a Jerusalemite” (Tosefta, Ketubbot 13, 20). According to Israel Museum numismatist Y. Meshorer, KP was the mark for a late Jerusalem mint. A half-shekel is the weight of silver due from every adult Hebrew male as payment for the annual Temple Tax. Half-shekels make ideal Bar-Mitzvah and Bat-Mitzvah gifts. The obverse has a portrait of Melquart (the Hercules-like deity of the city of Tyre) and the reverse has an imperial eagle with Greek inscription, “of Tyre the holy city of refuge”. New Testament: Tyrian shekels are probably the type of coins mentioned in the New Testament as the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus. Matthew 26: 14-15 : “Then one of the 12 (Apostles), called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, ‘What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?’ And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver”. The changing of Tyrian shekels in the Temple courtyard (and the charging of interest) was very likely the source of the New Testament story of Jesus turning over the money changer’s tables.
Materials:  Silver
Item Type:  Coin
Region:  Israel
Cultural Origin:  Roman
Era:  Roman-Late Roman Period, ca.
63 bce-330 ce
Condition:  Very Fine

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