Epistles of Thomas

December 20, 2008

Half shekel coin found at temple mount

Filed under: Archaeology — Thomas @ 22:09
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I read an interesting article today about a coin minted at the temple mount to pay the half shekel temple tax during the revolt against the Romans in 66 or 67 AD. “The face of the coin is decorated with a branch of three pomegranates and ancient Hebrew letters reading ‘holy Jerusalem.'” On the obverse, it reads ‘half shekel.’ Click the link for an image.

It’s always cool to see that ancient coins and other artifacts from this period are still turning up even if it is through unfortunate means as in this case.


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