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Tyre, Phoenicia, 98 - 97 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
GS85156. Silver shekel, Rouvier 2011; BMC Phoenicia p. 240, 115; Baramki AUB 43; Cohen DCA 919; HGC 10 357; SNG Cop -, Choice gVF, well centered and struck, attractive style, nice toning, light bumps and marks, Tyre mint, weight 14.366g, maximum diameter 27.4mm, die axis 0o
, 98 - 97 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart 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 under wing, date ΘK (year 29) over club left, CA right, Aramaic letter alef between legs; ex Art of Money (Portland, OR); SOLD
Catalog current as of Sunday, June 16, 2019.
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