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XII Coins and the Synagogue

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Several issues are to be considered in dealing with the coins recovered in synagogues: stratigraphy and provenance; identification of coins; large coin groups; and dating. Early coins, especially Alexander Jannaeus coins, appear in synagogue coin deposits. An estimation of the purchasing power of the money by Kindler designates: 1. A worker earned about one solidus a month; 2. A common worker's daily wages/salary was about 6-10 folles, which was a price of a pound (325 grams) of meat, while a loaf of bread cost two folles. Various terms are used to describe the recovered coins: hoard, cash box, coffer, "money pouch", charity box, kuppa, treasury, cache, foundation deposits. Coins are viewed in different contexts: the period of accumulation of the coins; their placement or concealment, or scattering; the various categories of the coin collections; particular customs; and finally, the intention and purpose for which the coins were deposited.

Keywords:coins; purchasing power; synagogues



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