Re: RE: In the Temple
- In a message dated 25/06/04 23:06:00 GMT Daylight Time, Ernie Pennells
<<I pick up mixed messages regarding the Tyrian shekel. It was obligatory
the temple tax, but was it required for other transactions?>>
Not as far as records go. It was a lot purer than other coinages in the area
at the time, which breaks all the rules; it was too profitable to melt a
very pure coinage and recoin it, so it would normally tend to disappear.
Som3ething kept the shekel in being, and the obvious assumption is that it was
produced specifically for the Temple tax, as purity of the coin seems to have been
the major issue here.
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