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Sterling Silver Half Shekel Necklace

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This necklace, dating back to the Second Temple period, is a replica of a half shekel coin believed to have been used as currency during the Jewish revolt against the Romans. The half shekel was a symbol of religious autonomy and had formerly been used in the time of the Tabernacle as well as the First and Second Temples as a way to collect the census or as a way for each Jewish male to give a monetary gift to the priests. This particular design is a replica of a half shekel coin found during an archaeological dig orchestrated by the Temple Mount Sifting Operation at Emek Tzurim and was discovered on the Mount of Olives. Experts have dated it 66/67 C.E. On one side of the coin one can see three pomegranates and in Ancient Hebrew script the words “Holy Jerusalem.”
Dimensions 0.3” / 0.7cm Length 2.5 cm

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City of David products seek to promote the beautiful and historic elements of one of the oldest cities in the world. In connection with the preserved city and excavation projects, The City of David Store offers replicas of archeological findings, giving customers the thrilling chance to take home a piece of history. Their products bring Biblical figures to life and echo with the true ancient ring of the days of old.

In the Bible

This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary--the shekel is twenty gerahs--half a shekel for an offering to the LORD
--EXODUS 30:13

The half shekel represents the incluson of the nation of Israel in the work of the holy temple. As emphasized by this verse, the half shekel was a tool which helped the priests count each man among the nations as well as represent a sort of redemption of their souls.



  1. Robin

    What does the inscription on the setting say?

    • Ariella Mendlowitz

      On one side of the coin one can see three pomegranates and in Ancient Hebrew script the words “Holy Jerusalem.” On the other side of the coin the words “Half Shekel” are inscribed and a chalice with the Hebrew letter “Aleph” above it marks the first year of the rebellion.

  2. Michael Jutsum

    A real depth.

    • Charlene

      Very nicely said! Shalom

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