2,000-Year-Old Coins Found in Israel
140 gold and silver coins and jewelry were discovered by archeologists near Kiryat Gat.
An estimated 140 gold and silver coins, along with earrings, rings and silver sticks, were discovered by archaeologists near Kiryat Gat, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced today.
The items are believed to date back to Roman times and the researchers said were most likely hidden during the time of the Bar Kokhba revolts, the third major rebellion by the Jews against the Roman Empire.
"The coins that were discovered date to the reigns of the Roman emperors Nero, Nerva and Trajan who ruled the Roman Empire from 54-117 CE," said Emil Aladjem, the excavation’s director. "The coins are adorned with the images of the emperors and on their reverse are cultic portrayals of the emperor, symbols of the brotherhood of warriors and mythological gods such as Jupiter seated on a throne or Jupiter grasping a lightning bolt in his hand.”
Ashkelon’s district archaeologist Sa’ar Ganor said he believes the stash was purposely buried to keep it away from enemy hands.
"This is probably an emergency cache that was concealed at the time of impending danger by a wealthy woman who wrapped her jewelry and money in a cloth and hid them deep in the ground prior to or during the Bar Kokhba revolt," he said. "It is now clear that the owner of the hoard never returned to claim it."