Half-Shekel Cufflinks – Sterling Silver

from The Jewish Museum

In 66 CE, the Jews rebelled against Roman rule and began to mint their own coins, called shekels, as a sign of their independence. The coins in this jewelry collection were cast from a half-shekel in The Jewish Museum collection that dates to the first year of the revolt. The imagery and inscriptions are Jewish in nature: a chalice with an ancient Hebrew inscription denoting the date and denomination; and a branch with Pomegranates, one of the Seven Species of Israel, surrounded by the inscription, ‘Holy Jerusalem

.75′ x .75′

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