Rare coin from Second Temple era discovered in Jerusalem’s Old City

Abir Sultan/Flash90A coin dating from the time of the Jewish Second Temple on display at the Davidson Center near the Old City in Jerusalem, November 11, 2009.

Mentions of the Tyrian shekel are frequently found in ancient texts, but only a few coins have been unearthed

Israeli archeologists and conservationists working in Jerusalem’s Old City found a rare silver coin, believed to have been used during the pilgrim festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot to pay the Temple tax, the Tower of David Museum announced on Monday. 

The ancient artifact known as the Tyre coin, or the Tyrian shekel, was first unearthed in the 1980s, subsequently lost, and recently found again during restauration and conservation work carried out by the museum at the 2000-year-old citadel.

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