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Bechoros Chart #1

KIKAR | MANEH | SELA(1) | HALF- SHEKEL |
DINAR | GERAH | |
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KIKAR(2) | 1 | 60 | 1500 | 3000 | 6000 | 30000 |

MANEH(3) | 1 | 25 | 50 | 100 | 500 | |

SELA(4) | 1 | 2 | 4 | 20 | ||

HALF-SHEKEL | 1 | 2 | 10 | |||

DINAR | 1 | 5 | ||||

GERAH | 1 |

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FOOTNOTES:

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(1) The Gemara relates that the total amount collected in the half-Shekel
collection was 201 Kikar, and 11 Maneh. This is calculated as follows:

603,550 people gave a half-shekel each, which is equal to: 300,000 gave
100 Kikar 300,000 gave 100 Kikar

3,000 gave 1 Kikar

500 gave 250 Shekel = 10 Maneh

50 gave 25 Shekel = 1 Maneh

Total: 201 Kikar and 11 Maneh

(2) That is, one Kikar contains 60 Maneh, 1500 Sela, and so on.

(3) One Maneh is 1/60th of a Kikar. It contains 25 Sela, 50 half-Shekel,
and so on. (4) This is the "Shekel" mentioned in the Torah.

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