The coin of Judas' betrayal!?
From the 1st century BC until the Jewish War, which ended in 70 AD, the Tyrian shekels were the most widely used silver coins in the Holy Land. They were also accepted as currency in the Great Temple in Jerusalem. It is very likely that Judas was paid with this coin by the Romans to betray the whereabouts of Jesus. According to tradition, Judas received 30 silver coins for this.
Although the coins showed the god Melkart on the obverse and this representation obviously violated biblical commandments (e.g. Ex 20:3-4 EU), the rabbis even declared the Tyrian shekel to be the only currency accepted in the Temple.
- Coin replica made of pure pewter, patinated
- Coin diameter: approx. 2,5cm
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