Few presidents have been quite so friendly to Israel as President Donald Trump. Now, the man who initiated the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is getting a coin in his honor from a major Israeli organization.
Trump will be featured alongside King Cyrus on the coin from the Mikdash Educational Center, which describes itself as “dedicated to rekindling the flame of the Mikdash (an ancient temple) in the hearts of the entire Jewish population through formal and experiential education.”
King Cyrus was the ruler who let the Jewish people return to Jerusalem after they were exiled in Babylon.
“The biblical verses on the coin declare the proclamation of Cyrus, king of Persia, and the word of the Lord,” the website of the Mikdash Educational Center reads.
“And He — Hashem, the Lord of the World — charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem,” the passage continues.
“This declaration took place exactly 70 years after the people of Israel were sent in to exile. The prophet Jeremiah ‘promised that with the passing of seventy years, “I will bring you back to your place.'”
“The coin expresses our joy and gratitude that the American embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem in honor of Israel’s independence day,” it continues.
“It is the fulfillment of the Trump declaration recognizing the centrality of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
An Israeli coin in honor Israel’s 70th year of independence will feature the face of President Trump as an expression of “gratitude” for his moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem. The coin depicts King Cyrus alongside the President’s image.https://t.co/PxOk6IO93b pic.twitter.com/Nv3JJPAObH
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While the coin can’t be used as currency, it likely will be a collector’s item for some — and will be available for a minimum donation of $50 to the organization.
The coins are made from pewter and plated with a third of an ounce of silver. There are only 1,000 being made, so get yours now if you’re so inclined. There’s also a gold-plated version for $70 if you’re a gold bug, although those are even rarer with 700 being made.
While the original plan had been for the embassy to move to Jerusalem at the end of 2019, Vice President Mike Pence announced during his trip to Israel that the process would be sped up to coincide with the nation’s 70th anniversary.
The announcement from Pence came as a bit of a surprise. The New York Times reported in January that while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the embassy would be moved “in the course of the year,” Trump responded by saying that “(w)e’re not really looking into that.”
According to NPR, the new embassy will be housed inside an existing consular building inside the city until the end of 2019. The move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is to take place this coming Monday.
It’s a momentous occasion — one that Trump promised from the early days of his campaign. It was one of those promises that nobody thought Trump would do anything with once he was elected; the common train of thought was that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, against Palestinian claims on the city, was a bridge too far for even Trump to consider.
Now, it’s happening. And if you’re a numismatist and a Trump fan, it’s the perfect event to celebrate with a special coin.
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