Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Silver hoard
Iron Age II, 9th-8th century BCE
Silver and pottery
Weight: 1.090 kg, which are 500 shekel
Staff Archaeological Officer in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
Accession number: K2754
The jug was inscribed in ink with the Hebrew word for “five” in ancient Hebrew script. It is assumed that this was an abbreviation for the weight of silver it contained – five hundred shekels.

Hestrin, Ruth, Israeli, Yael, Meshorer, Yaakov, Eitan, Avraham, Inscriptions reveal: Documents from the time of the Bible, the Mishna and the Talmud, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1973, English / Hebrew

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir