Unearthed: 2,500-year-old silver coin from Kingdom of Judah
January 26, 2024
(JNS) - An extremely rare silver coin dated to the Persian period (6th–5th centuries BCE) was recently discovered during an Israel Antiquities Authority excavation in the Judean Hills, providing evidence for the earliest known use of coins in the area.
The excavation also exposed a building from the First Temple Period, with even earlier evidence for commerce in the form of a shekel weight.
The coin, found intentionally broken, was minted with a square stamp embedded in one face; later, more sophisticated techniques produced coins with protruding rather than sunken stamps.
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