Exporters would presumably like that, since it will lead to a devaluation of the shekel.
The shekel was equal to about an ounce, in our modern avoirdupois system.
You call a thousand pounds respectable, and a shekel despicable.
The payment of the shekel gives the right of vote for the congress.
They've got all their own money back, and all of ourn but a shekel or two besides.
The highest sum which is named—fifty shekels—as the rate for a man from twenty to sixty years of age, taking the shekel as 2s.
According to our estimate a shekel was about 0.3 of an avoirdupois ounce.
If a man hires a boat of 60 Gur burden, he shall pay of a shekel of money per day.
I will give you a quarter of a shekel for it; and if you find any more bring them to me.
Old tombstones to a Shackel, shekel or Shackle family—the name is spelled in many ways—abound here.
early 13c., sicle, via Old French and Latin, from Hebrew sheqel, from shaqal "he weighed." Chief silver coin of ancient Hebrews, also a unit of weight. Modern form in English dates from mid-16c. As slang for "money," it dates from 1871.
weight, the common standard both of weight and value among the Hebrews. It is estimated at 220 English grains, or a little more than half an ounce avoirdupois. The "shekel of the sanctuary" (Ex. 30:13; Num. 3:47) was equal to twenty gerahs (Ezek. 45:12). There were shekels of gold (1 Chr. 21:25), of silver (1 Sam. 9:8), of brass (17:5), and of iron (7). When it became a coined piece of money, the shekel of gold was equivalent to about 2 pound of our money. Six gold shekels, according to the later Jewish system, were equal in value to fifty silver ones. The temple contribution, with which the public sacrifices were bought (Ex. 30:13; 2 Chr. 24:6), consisted of one common shekel, or a sanctuary half-shekel, equal to two Attic drachmas. The coin, a stater (q.v.), which Peter found in the fish's mouth paid this contribution for both him and Christ (Matt. 17:24, 27). A zuza, or quarter of a shekel, was given by Saul to Samuel (1 Sam. 9:8).