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Judaica Masonic tokens?

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 Posted 11/26/2008  11:35 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Numismat to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hi guys, I've come across quite a few different Masonic items, but these three stand out in that they also seem to depict Judaica symbolism.

Any info is appreciated!

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 Posted 11/27/2008  07:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These "Masonic pennies" are used for ritualistic purposes in certain branches of Freemasonry; I believe the Mark Masons in particular make use of such "marks" or tokens.

The bottom two actually qualify as varieties of the "false shekels" discussed in this recent thread; the "reverse" design is based on that of an ancient Jewish coin.
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 Posted 11/27/2008  4:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Numismat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So this is not uncommon for masonic items?
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 Posted 11/28/2008  03:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If by "this" you mean "references to Judaism", then no, not at all uncommon.

Many orders and degrees of Freemasonry have names with religious-sounding titles, even though those orders often have little or nothing to do with the religion so named.

Further to your tokens: I found this site. Apparently the individual Mark Mason was supposed to carve his personal emblem or "mark" inside the circle.

You may be wondering what the string of letters around the circle stand for. Googling "K.S.H.T.W.S.S.T." will get you nowhere (I found that out the hard way). Google "H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S." instead and you get what appears to be the true meaning (though, being a Masonic item, one can only be certain of finding out the true meaning by joining the Order). Apparently, it stands for "Huram of Tyre, Widow's Son, Sent To King Solomon". Huram of Tyre is the only stonemason-architect mentioned by name in the Bible (I Kings 7: 13-14 and elsewhere), and was responsible for overseeing the construction of Solomon's Temple. As such, in Freemasonry he is held in high esteem.
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 Posted 11/28/2008  1:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Numismat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting! SO then the bottom two were likely never actually given to a member, since there is no personal design in the center circles.
Thanks Sap.
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