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Ancient Jewish Coins from Israel 103 BC to 135 AD

Genuine 2000 year old From Ancient Israel

Jewish War; Shekel, Year 2, 67-70 CE, 14.20g. Hendin-659. Obv: Omer cup with pearled rim. Rx: Stem with pearl base and three pomegranates. EF

Shekel (Hebrew: שקל), also rendered sheqel, refers to one of many ancient units of weight and currency. The first known usage is from Mesopotamia around 3000 BC. One explanation is given for the origination of this word as to have originally applied to a specific mass of barley, and the first syllable of the word, 'she' was Akkadian for barley. A shekel was originally 180 grains (~11 grams).



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The earliest shekels were not money, but were a unit of weight, used as other units of weight such as grams and troy ounces for trading before the advent of coins. Early coins were money stamped with an official seal to certify their weight. Coins were invented by the early Anatolian traders who stamped their own marks so that they would not have to weigh it again each time it was used. Silver ingots, some with markings on them were issued. Later the stamping was taken over by official authorities who designed the coins. (Detroit Institute of Arts, 1964) Herodotus states that the first coinage was issued by Croesus, King of Lydia, spreading to the golden Daric (worth 20 sigloi or shekel), issued by the Persian Empire and the Silver Athenian obol and drachma.

The plural can be shekels, sheqels or sheqalim (Hebrew: שקלים). In some regions of the United States, the term is used informally for "money," particularly in situations where value is an important consideration.

First Jewish-Roman War "Great Revolt"
Bronze Prutah 18mm (3.19 grams)
Year III of the Jewish War Jerusalem mint: 69-70 A.D.