A very interesting discussion.However, 7 years ago. I would like to re-open this topic. I wonder if there is new knowledge, fresh insights, new sources etc.
In the former discussion, I missed the connection between the Tyrus Shekel
(minted until Year 191 65/66 AD) and its successor for paying temple tax
, the new revolutionary Jerusalem Temple Shekel
, minted in Jerusalem from 66 AD until the the fall of Jerusalem by the roman
legions (70 AD).
Obviously, the zelotic rebels rejected the pagan Tyrus shekel
with the god Melkart. They replaced it by the "pure" Shekel
(from a jewish
religious point of view). Was it difficult at that time (even in a war period) to set up a complete
new minting infrastructure for minting silver coins? Or was the conquered Jerusalem mint
of the Tyrus shekel
used by the jewish
rebels? This more plausible assumption would support the Meshorer