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Tyre, Phoenicia, 99 - 98 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver
Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver
"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." Matthew 26:14-15. 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 Temple Tax Coin
"..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
SH28054. Silver shekel
, BMC Phoenicia
, p. 241, 126 - 127 var. (right monogram
), EF, Tyre mint, weight
13.742g, maximum diameter
28.2mm, die axis
, 92 - 91 B.C.; obverse
right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse
TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle
left, right foot on ship's ram, palm
frond behind, date EΛ (year 35) over club and palm
frond left, MY monogram
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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