An Israeli organization minted 1,000 coins with the image of President Donald Trump along with an ancient King.
The nonprofit organization announced that it will release the coins to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. The coins will feature a profile of Trump together with King Cyrus, the ancient Persian ruler who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years ago.
Last year, Trump became the first world leader to announce that the United States will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s official capital. The embassy is set to open on May 14.
“The coin expresses our joy and gratitude that the American Embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem in honor of Israel’s Independence Day,” the Mikdash Educational Center said on its website. “It is the fulfillment of the Trump declaration recognizing the centrality of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
The front of the coin features the seals of the United States and Israel, biblical verses in Hebrew and English, and a menorah. The back of the coin features a dove holding an olive branch above a temple.
The nonprofit minted 1,000 of these “Trump coins.” They can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50, according to KOBI5. Each coin is two inches in diameter and is made of pewter and about one-third of an ounce of silver. A limited batch of the coins is plated with gold and cost $70. The coins cannot be used as a currency.
The Mikdash Educational Center describes itself as a non-profit educational and religious organization.
“We are very happy to announce that the Mikdash Educational Center just produced a new Cyrus-Trump Temple coin. This special coin was produced and minted for the 70 years of the independence of the State of Israel and to honor and praise President Donald Trump who promised, but not only promised, also fulfilled his promise and next week will move the American Embassy to Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Mordechai Persoff.
“President Trump is starting a prophetic process by moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Just like King Cyrus 2,500 years ago said: ‘he charged me to build a house in Jerusalem’, here again, President Trump is building a house in Jerusalem,” Persoff added.
Israelis have already honored Trump with a public square near the embassy to be named in his honor. Signs directing people to the embassy have already been erected in the vicinity of the embassy.
The embassy will begin operating with 50-60 staff immediately after opening next week, according to a senior American administration official.
The White House announced the delegation traveling to the opening ceremony last week. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both advisors to the president, will be in attendance along with a number of senior government officials. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead the delegation.
Israel cheered when Trump announced his intention to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Israel considers the city its capital, yet countries all over the world choose to locate their embassies in Tel Aviv in order to assuage Palestinians, who believe East Jerusalem can become the capital of their desired future state.
Since Trump’s announcement, at least 10 other countries announced their intention to move embassies to Jerusalem, according to The Times of Israel.