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Half Shekel Coin Replica Keychain

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This amazing half shekel coin keychain is an adaptation of the artifact discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Operation at Emek Tzurim on the Mount of Olives and dates to the years 66/67 CE. It is adorned with one side of the ancient half shekel coin which was given as an annual gift by every Jewish male to the Temple and was used in circulation during the Jewish Great Revolt against Rome. On this 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.)

About the Brand The City of David collection is a unique and exquisite line of artwork based on the actual discoveries made in the City of David’s famous archaeological excavations, which are uncovering the history and culture of Jerusalem dating back thousands of years. Each piece comes with its own story of the archaeological find that inspired the design, and which enables you to connect the rich past of ancient Jerusalem with the present day beauty of these original works of art.

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 Hashem.
--EXODUS 30:13

The half shekel coin was initially used by the Israelites as a form of taking census after the exodus from Egypt. From that time until the destruction of the Second Holy Temple, the half shekel was used not only for taking census, but also as a yearly donation from a Jew to the Temple, highlighting each person's connection to God's Holy place. The Biblical coin replica is truly a remarkable way to connect you with the ancient Israelites during times of old.

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