Tag Archive for ancient coins

Schoolboys find 1,600 yr-old gold coin on Galilee field trip

Eagle-eyed students received a special citation from Israel’s Antiquities Authority after turning in a found gold coin bearing the image of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II, who abolished Sanhedrin in the Land of Israel, forcing the Jewish leadership to be exiled to Babylon.

By Itay Blumenthal


A group of Israeli schoolboys stumbled across a shiny coin on a field trip, only to discover that it was 1,600 years old and the first such find in the country. What’s more, the coin bore the face of the man who abolished the contemporaneous Jewish leadership in the Land of Israel.

The four ninth-graders from the Jezreel Valley, Ido Kadosh, Ofir Siegel, Dotan Miller and Harel Green, found the coin during a school trip and immediately realized that they had something special and informed their teacher, Zohar Prishian. Continue Reading »

IDF nab Palestinian entering Israel from Gaza concealing rare silver coins

While inspecting a 40 yr-old Gazan entering Israel, 2 highly prized silver coins from the times of the final years of Alexander the Great’s conquests of our region, were confiscated.
– The apprehended smuggler from Gaza will now enjoy 24hr heating, 3 healthy meals served daily and a warm bed to sleep in each night for his 2 coins, until legal proceeding are complete, and he’s returned home.

By Itay Blumenthal, Yoav Zitun


Two ancient coins, originating from 325-323 BC, were discovered this week when a Palestinian man attempted to smuggle them into Israel from the Gaza Strip through the Erez Border Crossing. Continue Reading »

9 Byzantine-era bronze coins discovered in roadwork west of Jerusalem


The rare trove of nine bronze coins dating back to the 7th century C.E. was found during excavation held to allow the expansion of a major highway.
• The coins display embossed Byzantine-era emperors and Christian crosses, that were all minted in locations that are now present-day Turkey.

By Yori Yalon


A cache of nine bronze coins dating back to the end of the Byzantine period, or the seventh century C.E., was recently uncovered during an Israel Antiquities Authority excavation.

The excavation, which began last June as part of roadwork to expand a section of Highway 1 running west of Jerusalem, uncovered what was a large two-story building and a wine press — part of a larger complex apparently used by Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

2,000 year-old ‘Emperor’s Road’ discovered, ancient coins unearthed


Approximately 1.5 kilometers long and 6 meters wide with inset pavement stones, the Roman period road, along with the ancient coins were unearthed by students, under the supervision of the Israel Antiquities Authority.



A wide and well-preserved 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period was unearthed last month during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and students near Beit Shemesh.

The dig, located just off of Highway 375, was conducted prior to laying a water pipeline to Jerusalem at the initiative of the  water corporation Mei Shemesh.

The ancient coins discovered during the excavation.

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2,000 yr-old coin from Greek King Antiochus IV rule discovered in Jerusalem


Ancient coin depicting Antiochus, who sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees & reclamation of the Jewish Temple, was found in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David.



Nearly 30 years after the completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned.

Tower of David and courtyard in Jerusalem - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Tower of David and courtyard in Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

However, during routine conservation work in the museum’s archeological garden, Orna Cohen, veteran archeologist and chief conservation officer at the Tower of David, spotted a metallic item among stones near a wall. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Rare cache of silver coins from 135–126 BCE found in central Israel

view videoThe found cache of silver coins from the Hasmonean period, comprised of shekels and half-shekels, were minted in the city of Tyre and bear images of King Antiochus VII & his brother Demetrius II.

By i24news


A rare cache of silver coins dating back to the Hasmonean period has been discovered in the central Israeli city of Modi‘in alongside the wall of an agricultural estate during an archaeological excavation, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Monday.

IAA archaeologist Shahar Krispin during the discovery of the silver coin hoard that was found in the estate house. – Photo: Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority

The treasure was hidden in a rock crevice, up against a wall of an impressive agricultural estate that was discovered during the excavation. Continue Reading »

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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Busted: 3,000 ancient coins discovered in a kibbutznik’s home


Ancient coins were confiscated from a kibbutznik antiquities dealer in northern Israel, who’s suspected of illegal sale of artifacts.

By i24news


Agents of Israel’s Antiquities Authority along with police arrested an art dealer in northern Israel on Tuesday after finding over 3,000 ancient coins he obtained illegally, reported Israel’s Haaretz.

Ancient coins and jars confiscated from an antiquities dealer in northern Israel suspected of illegal sale of artifacts . – Photos : Israel’s Antiquities Authority

The coins, which have been valued in the tens of thousands of dollars, were found in the man’s home in Kibbutz Beit Hashita around 8 kilometers from Beit She’an, which was a major Greek city during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Continue Reading »