Historic cash present in Jerusalem's Previous Metropolis might have been used to pay temple taxes

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The tire coin discovered in ancient Jerusalem.(Photo: Tal Rogovski)

Archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City have discovered a box of artifacts, including a rare silver "tire coin" that they believe may have been used by pilgrims to pay temple tax during the reign of King Herod.

The coin has the image of Melqart, the chief god of the Phoenician city of Tire, on one side and that of an eagle on the other, according to The Times of Israel, where the box containing the coin was originally found in an excavation in the 1980s .

The box that was lost was recently discovered as part of a conservation project at the Tower of David Museum, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The "tire shackle", of which very few have so far been found, was used during the second temple period and was found in the ancient city of Tire from 125 BC. Manufactured until the outbreak of the Great Uprising in AD 66.

"We know from the Gospels that Jesus visited Jerusalem … and we know that He spoke to the money changers. So here we have the evidence, the archaeological evidence for the historical sources," said Eilat Lieber, director of the Museum CBN news.

According to the Bible, the Tower of David complex includes the Herod's palace, where the trial of Jesus took place.

"The Tower of David is one of the most important structures in Israel in terms of both its history and its location," the Jerusalem Post quoted Yotam Carmel, conservation manager at Ken HaTor, the company responsible for the project.

"The last nature conservation project on the Tower of David was carried out in the 1980s. Since then, the citadel has urgently needed nature protection."

It connects the ages, Lieber was quoted as saying.

"You can see how the past, present and future are actually here in the Tower of David. While working on the future of the Citadel, we found evidence from the past. And we can actually know more about our identity. Christians can see like the sources, the Gospels come alive here in Jerusalem.

"We just want to give birth to Jerusalem, the history of Jerusalem, the rich history of all of us, Jewish people, Christians from all over the world."

The rare coin will be on display in a new and permanent exhibit at the museum that is slated to reopen next year.

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