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Half Shekel Coin Necklace

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This necklace is a replica of the coins that were annually gifted in the Temple to cover the costs of public sacrifices. On one side of the coin, artisans have designed a branch with three pomegranates and an inscription in ancient Hebrew, “Holy Jerusalem” to emulate the coins found in the archeological excavations conducted in the City of David and its surrounding areas. The coin dates to the end of the First Temple period and was found during the sifting of archaeological rubble that originated from the Temple Mount.

Dimensions: 2cmx2cmx45cm

About the Artist
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 the 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

The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of the LORD, to make atonement for your souls
--EXODUS 30:15

The half shekel coin played an important role for the nation of Israel's worhsip of God. It was how they were counted in the desert with the portable tabernale, and used in rituals in the Temple. In this verse it epitomizes the symbol of inclusion and equality. No man was worth more or less: everyone was represented by one mark. It tells us that it was of prime importance to be counted and recognized as a single individual amongst the nation's worshippers.


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