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It's really a beautifull coin!!

Thank you

Not only was the Shekel of Israel only used for a few years, but since the pure shekel was probably used only for the Temple tax, and not for trade, it was probably minted in Jerusalem and rarely left the city. So the vast majority were presumably melted down by the Romans. The prutot were minted for ordinary use, and would have circulated wherever the rebels held territory, so they would have been impossible for the Romans to sweep up effectively.

They are up there as my favorite coins.  They have such strong historical significance.  Unfortunately, these run up into the thousands of dollars.  If I were rich, I would buy this coin and one of Constantine XI (last emperor of the Byzantine Empire 1448-1453).  There are only about 100 known, and go for about $15,000. 


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