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Rare coin from ancient Bar Kokhba revolt discovered in cave
The coin is believed to have been minted between the third and fourth year of the Bar Kokhba revolt (136-134 CE).

by Juliane Helmhold, Jerusalem Post
May 4, 2018

Rare coin from ancient Bar Kokhba revolt discovered in cave
Coins from Bar Kokhba era discovered by acheological teams
in the Qibya cave 30 kilometers northwest of Ramallah as part
of the 'Southern Samaria Survey' project.

(Photo by: COGAT SPOKESMAN)
 

The coin was found during a study conducted by the archeology unit of the civil administration of Bar Ilan University and the University of Ariel during the "Southern Samaria Survey."

The "Southern Samaria Survey" is a project, brought to life in 2014, during which different teams of archeologists cooperate in surveying the designated areas in order to unearth historical findings that have been left behind at various historical sites.

"We estimate that there are many archeological artifacts that have not yet been discovered in the West Bank," Hanania Hezmi, the director of the archeology unit in the civil administration, explained.

"We are cooperating with all possible authorities in order to uncover important relics of Jewish history in the area," he added.

The coin is believed to have been minted between the third and fourth year of the Bar Kokhba revolt (136-134 CE).

One side of the coin shows a palm tree with seven fronds and two clusters of fruit, as well as the inscription "Shim[on]." The other side portrays vine leaves with three lobes and the inscription "To the freedom of Jerusalem."

Alongside the coin, the archeologists also found pottery fragments and glass vessels which can be dated to the same time period.



 


 
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