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fine silver | 25 mm | 14.3 g
Hand struck Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver (Shekel of Tyros) coin in fine silver
Matthew 26:14-15: 'Then one of the 12 called Judas Iscariot went unto the chief priests and said unto them 'What will ye give me and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver.'
Shekels of Tyre were the only currency accepted at the Jerusalem Temple and are the most likely coinage with which Judas was paid for the betrayal of Christ. The silver shekels and half-shekels of Tyre were minted from c. 126 B.C. until c. 57 A.D. Any coin minted prior to 32 A.D. may have circulated in Jerusalem during Jesus' lifetime.
Matthew 17:24-27 '...go to the sea and cast a hook and take up the fish that first cometh up and when thou has opened his mouth thou shalt find a piece of money: that take and give unto them [the temple tax collectors] for me and thee.'
Since the tax was one half shekel per man the coin would have to be a shekel to pay the tax for both Jesus and Peter. Matthew 17:24-27
R: TYROY IERAS KIASYLOY Eagle stg. l. on beak of ship carrying palm under r. wing in field to l. club and monogram behind. Monogram PS in right field.