Dating tyre shekel
According to Israeli law, all archaeological finds must be turned over to the government.Hallel received a certificate of appreciation for her find.Disappointed, they found that it wasn’t the expected 14 grams, rather exactly half of it.Then they realized that meant it was instead a half-shekel coin, which was used for Temple purposes.Three days after the story below was published, The Times of Israel was contacted by Dr.Haim Gitler, chief curator of Archaeology and the curator of Numismatics at the Israel Museum.
According to Temple Mount Sifting Project archaeologist Zachi Dvira, “These half-shekel coins were used to pay the Temple tax during the Great Revolt, replacing the Tyrian shekel used previously.
The Romans understood that if they wanted to conquer Jerusalem they should first oppress the Jews here on the way to Jerusalem,” Amar told Israel National News.
The location where Hallel found the coin is also only about 200 meters from where Yosef Salomon (70), daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son, Elad Salomon, 36, were murdered on July 21.
“I recognized that it may be a genuine ancient coin,” said father Shimon, a lawyer.
But lacking the proper education to confirm it, he took a picture on his cell phone and sent it to the wife of a local scholar, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Amar, a historian of ancient Land of Israel flora and fauna, had actually written an essay on the wine presses in the nearby archaeological site, Chubalta, near which the coin was found.