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Tyrian Sheqel -- The Temple Tax

Tyrian Sheqel The Tyrian Shekel (or Tyrian tetradrachma) was the coin used in the first century to pay the Jewish temple tax. These coins were actually minted in Israel after Rome shut down the mint in Tyre, though the imagery was required to stay the same—the representation of a Tyrian god and an eagle. Money changers in and around the temple would likely have been exchanging common currency for these coins.