An Israeli organization has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump’s image to honor his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It was confirmed on February 23 that the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem would open on May 14 to mark the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence.
The Jerusalem-based Mikdash Educational Center’s “Temple Coin” will feature Trump alongside the Persian king Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon 2,500 years ago, according to the Hebrew Bible.
Rabbi Mordechai Persoff said that Trump, like Cyrus, made a “big declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of the holy people.”
“The specially minted coin serves as a commemoration and symbolizes the thanks due to the Almighty for the beneficence bestowed upon the Jewish people — and, indeed, the whole of mankind,” a statement on the Mikdash Educational Center reads. “The beautifully designed engraving announces the ‘Trump-Balfour-Cyrus declaration’ to express we are part of a historical and divine process towards the recognition of all mankind of the historical role of Jerusalem.”
His organization minted 1,000 biblical half-shekel coins that can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50. The coin cannot be used as currency.
Mikdash, which says it is a non-profit educational and religious organization, claimed the donations will “help spread the light of Jerusalem and the spirit of the Holy Temple throughout the world.”
The Trump coin is likely to rile Iranians, who uniformly respect King Cyrus as an ancient Persian hero.