Replica of “A Silver Half Shekel” pendant crafted from 925 sterling silver
Replica of “A Silver Half Shekel” pendant crafted from 925 sterling silver. This item is Authorized and commissioned by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Explanation about the article by the IAA:”A Silver Half Shekel. Minted in Tyre.
This coin was customarily used to pay the half shekel head-tax to the Temple in the Second Temple period.
At the time the Jerusalem Temple stood, every Jew was commanded to donate a half shekel to the Temple. This sum allowed all Jews, wealthy or poor, to contribute in the building’s maintenance, and for the purchase of the public sacrifices”.