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1980 Israel 1/2 Sheqel coin pendant necklace jewelry Jewish Lion of Judah Seal of Shema Jeroboam Judea Samaria Jerusalem Tel Aviv menorah Hebrew Haifa Rishon LeZion Petah Tikva Yiddish Bar Kochba Nazareth Palestine Star of David Jew Torah n001379

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Israel 1/2 Sheqel {1980-1985} 64S 3L80 3H81 

E12 a41 11e

front: Lion resembling the image of the siegelring of "Shema, servant of Jeroboam" with state emblem (menorah flanked by olive branches) above

إسرائيل ISRAEL

Jeroboam II inaugurated the longest reign of a king of Northern Israel in 788 BCE. He ruled over a period of unparalleled prosperity, taking advantage of a lapse in strong Assyrian control of the Levant. Jeroboam’s name is preserved on a seal made of jasper that is dated paleographically to the mid-eighth century, ruling out Jeroboam I, a tenth-century king of Israel. The seal depicts a magnificent lion, realistically shown in full-throated roar with its tufted tail erect. Several other seals from the late Iron Age bear the title ‘bd hmlk, “servant of the king,” an indication that the ‘ebed was a high-ranking official of the kings of Israel and Judah. Biblical evidence lends further credence to this hypothesis. 

Circumstances of Discovery and Acquisition- This seal, made of jasper, was found in the Megiddo excavations of 1904; it was discovered accidentally in the excavation dump, not in a stratified level. Although the seal itself was lost en route to the Istanbul Museum, an impression cast in bronze had been made prior to its shipment.

back lettering:

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Copper-nickel coin
• diameter: 20 mm
• weight: 3 g

• 24" stainless steel ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 1-1/8" stainless steel keychain with 30 mm ring {see last photo}

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