German returns ancient Roman coin he took from Israel as tourist 25 years ago


German tourist writes to Israel Museum of the Bronze coin bearing an image of Roman Emperor Commodus and the word “Ashkelon” in Greek script: ‘I had to return the unique coin to its owner, the State of Israel.’

By Yori Yalon


A German doctor has decided to return a rare ancient coin he discovered on a visit to Jerusalem 25 years ago.

The bronze coin might have been minted for a special occasion, says Dr. Haim Gitler of the Israel Museum – Photo: Peter Lenny/Israel Museum


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