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Pidyon HaBen Silver Coins

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This set of Pidyon Ha’Ben coins and case were made in North Africa circa 1880. They are inscribed with Hebrew writings and adorned with traditional good luck signs.

Pidyon Ha’Ben is a Jewish ceremony in which the father redeems his wife’s firstborn son by offering five silver shekels to a Kohen (a male Jew descended from the first priest, Aaron). Although the priesthood ended with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, more traditional communities still observe a symbolic redemption. The ceremony takes place 30 days after the child’s birth.

                                                       Sydney Jewish Museum collection
                                                       M2008/076

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