The shekel of silver was used in the days of Solomon and in the time following, but it was not in the form of a stamped coin, its value being determined by weight, usually at about fifty cents in our currency. In about 144 B.C. Simon Maccabeus began the coinage of the silver shekel. On one side was a Pot of Manna, with the inscription, "Shekel Israel"; on the reverse side was an emblem of the Rod of Aaron with three buds, and the inscription, Jerusalem the Holy." Anciently used in offerings… — ( Exodus 30:13 )


Biblical References

Exodus 30:13

This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.

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