To mark President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and Israeli education center is minting a commemorative coin to honor the 45th president.
Mikdash Educational Center, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit, is minting the “Temple Coin” which features President Trump’s face in profile alongside the Persian King Cyrus who, according to the Hebrew Bible, allowed the Jews to return to the Holy City after being exiled from Babylon 2,500 years ago.
According to the Associated Press, the coin also features the name of former British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour, known for the 1917 Balfour Declaration that declared the British government’s support for a Jewish state in present-day Israel.
The center will produce 1,000 of the silver-plated coins which can be purchased for a donation of $50.
The Trump administration confirmed last month that that the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem would open on May 14 to mark the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence. Trump’s decision effectively declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The news was met with hostility and derision from the media and Democratic party, despite Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all declaring plans to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Both Israel and Muslims who live in the area claim Jerusalem as their capital. The present U.S. embassy is being moved from Tel Aviv.
Feature image via CBS News
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