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Israeli soldier discovers rare 1,800-year-old coin

 

February 19, 2021

The rare coin, bearing the head of the Roman Emperor Antonius Pius and dating from 158–159 C.E., which was found during a training exercise by an Israel Defense Forces soldier. Feb. 9, 2021.

(JNS) - A rare coin bearing the head of the Roman Emperor Antonius Pius and dating from 158–159 C.E. was found during a training exercise by an Israel Defense Forces soldier on the southern end of Mount Carmel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported on Tuesday.

The well-preserved coin, found by Ido Gardi, is one of very few such objects that have been discovered in Israel, according to the IAA.

"This coin joins only 11 such coins from known locations in the National Treasures Department collection. All the coins were found in northern Israel, from Megiddo and Zippori to Tiberias...



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