Half Shekel

Inspired by the Half Shekel coin from the late First Temple period, this collection will connect you to history. The Half Shekel coin was given as a donation to the Temple, for the purpose of purchasing sacrifices offered on behalf of the entire Jewish nation. One side of the coin features a branch with three emerging pomegranates, and a ‘Holy Jerusalem’ inscription in ancient Hebrew. The back of the coin is inscribed with the words ‘Half Shekel’, a portrayal of the Omer Cup (from the Temple vessels), and the letter Alpha which represents the first year of the great rebellion against the Romans. The coin was found during a dirt-sifting project originating from the Temple Mount.