Ancient Coins Found in Israel

Fox News is reporting that a trove of ancient coins were found in Israel. According to the report, the coins are 2,000 years old and are dated to a few years before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Below is an exceprt from the news report:

From Fox News:

A 2,000-year-old trove of rare bronze coins from a Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement was discovered in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today.

The discovery was made after pottery shards discovered several months ago, during construction to widen the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, led archaeologists to continue their excavation.

“The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion,” said IAA excavation directors Pablo Betzer and Eyal Marco in a press release. Constructed by the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod, the Second Temple was a holy place of worship for the Jewish people, where the Dome of the Rock stands today.

Inside of a buried ceramic box in one of the settlement’s houses, researchers found 114 bronze coins dating to the fourth year of the Great Revolt by the Jews against the Romans before the destruction of King Herod’s Temple in 70 AD.

“Evidently someone here feared the end was approaching and hid his property, perhaps in the hope of collecting it later when calm was restored to the region.”

All of the coins are stamped with a chalice and the Hebrew inscription, “To the redemption of Zion” on one side. The second side contains a motif of a lulav (a bundle made from closed frond of the date palm tree, myrtle and willow branches) and an etrog (citron fruit), items used during the Jewish holiday, the Feast of Tabernacles. The second side also reads, “Year Four” in Hebrew.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to Ancient Coins Found in Israel

  1. Wellington King says:

    I couldn’t read the inscription on the coins when I linked to the article. What is the original Hebrew that’s translated as “To the redemption of Zion” and “year four”? Where could I see a sample of these coins?

    I greatly enjoy these articles and would appreciate any answers to these two questions. Thank you very much.


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