Israel group makes Trump a coin to honour Jerusalem stance

An Israeli organisation has said it has minted a coin bearing US president Donald Trump's image to honour his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Mikdash Educational Centre said the "Temple Coin" features Mr Trump alongside King Cyrus, who 2,500 years ago allowed Jews to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon.

Rabbi Mordechai Persoff said Mr Trump, like Cyrus, made a "big declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of the holy people".

His organisation minted 1,000 biblical half-shekel coins that can be purchased with a minimum donation of 50 dollars (£35). The coin cannot be used as currency.

Mikdash bills itself as a non-profit educational and religious organisation. The donations will "help spread the light of Jerusalem and the spirit of the Holy Temple throughout the world," it said.

Israel has warmly welcomed Mr Trump's move, which angered Palestinians.

The Trump coin is also likely to rile Iranians, who uniformly respect King Cyrus as an ancient Persian hero.

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