Seller: fleet_pete (2,785) 100%, Location: Denver, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183522991230 Shekel of Tyros Coin, Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, (1 Coin) 126 B.C. to 57 A.D. Thought to be the coins paid to Judas, for the Betrayal of Christ Shekel of Tyros Coin, Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Roman Coin *(1 Coin)* (87-S) Shekel of Tyros Coin, Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Roman Coin *(1 Coin)* (87-S) Click images to enlarge Description Shekel of Tyros Coin 126 B.C. to 57 A.D. Thought to be the coins paid to Judas, Betrayal of Christ Size: 25 mm. Obverse: Head of Melqart, the god of Tyre, aka Baal, aka Heracles, Reverse: Eagle inscribed with the legend “Tyre, the Holy and Inviolable,” Kiss of Judas, Betrayal. Matthew 26:14-15: '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.' 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 silver shekels and half-shekels of Tyre were minted from c. 126 B.C. until c. 57 A.D. Any coin minted prior to 32 A.D. may have circulated in Jerusalem during Jesus' lifetime. Matthew 17:24-27 '...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 The reason it’s so valuable is that it’s a prototype. It was minted just a few weeks after the revolt broke out. In Jerusalem, the rebels defeated the Roman garrison and expelled their pro-Roman king Agrippa II (son of that Herod Agrippa who was raised at Tiberius’ imperial court along with the emperor’s son Drusus and the future emperor Claudius), claiming the Temple and its rich stores of Tyre silver shekels. When Rome conquered Judea in the first century B.C., they disallowed the minting of local currency. By Talmudic law the Temple tax had to be paid in coins of high purity silver, and the shekels of Tyre were the only ones that qualified. They left a lot to be desired in other religious respects, though. Tyre shekels had the head of Melqart, the god of Tyre, aka Baal, aka Heracles, on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse and were inscribed with the legend “Tyre, the Holy and Inviolable,” thus making mincemeat of the First Commandment prohibition against graven images of animals and deities. Since observant Jews would not carry coins bearing graven images and inscriptions calling Phoenician cities holy, and since the Temple would only accept Tyre shekels, a thriving market of money changers grew up in the Temple courtyards. Devout Jews would purchase Tyre shekels with non-blasphemous currency and pay their Temple tax with the purer silver. Those money changers charged exorbitant rates for this service, and according to the gospel of Matthew, it’s their tables an enraged Jesus overturned for making his Temple into a den of thieves. If you enjoy ancient history or want to introduce your children to Greek and Roman mythology these coins and pendants cuff links make great gifts for birthdays, graduations and holidays. They are high quality at a very reasonable cost. THESE ARE NOT ANCIENT COINS. They are made of the highest quality, Lead & Nickel Free Pewter and plated in real Gold or Antique Silver Finish. They are accurately detailed and have been molded from Museum Quality Reproductions. PLEASE SEE ALL MY ITEMS by clicking on ftetepete on the right side of all my listings. Seller information Fleetpete (2537 *) 100% Positive feedback Images sell! Get Supersized Images & Free Image HostingCreate your brand with Auctiva's Customizable Templates. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva.com. Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: NEW: Finest lead and nickel FREE pewter. Antique Silver Finish or 24K Gold Plate.Chains are Surgical Grade Stainless Steel. Gold chains are 24K Gold Plate.