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Report: 2000-year-old Bronze coin discovered in Jerusalem

First Posted: Dec 26, 2016 04:43 AM EST
One of the two ancient bronze coins, which according to Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists were struck by the Roman procurator of Judea, Valerius Gratus, in the year 17/18 CE.

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 A 2,000-year-old bronze coin from the time of King Antiochus IV Epiphanies, the Greek tyrant, has been discovered at the Jerusalem's Tower of David.

According to The TOWER, the tower of David is a medieval citadel located near the Old City of Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate. The tower is belonged to UNESCO World Heritage Site, is built on the remains of an ancient fortification.

The bronze treasure was discovered during routine maintenance work, surprising archaeologists who believed that the historic site was completely excavated in recent decades. But at the time of maintenance, Orna Cohen, Tower of David's chief conservation officer, saw a metallic object flash among the stones of the wall.

After analyzing the coin the archaeologists were determined that the coin, which depicts Antiochus wearing a crown on the front and a goddess is wearing a scarf on the back, which was the 2,000-year-old bronze coin.

Although no specific date was found on the artifact. Fox News has reported that it was similar to thousands of others that were minted at the port city of Acre, which was called Ptolemaist at the time, between 172 and 168 BCE.

According to archaeologists, the Maccabees were victorious over the Seleucids and reclaimed Jerusalem's Temple. As per the report from Jewish tradition, the victory and the miracle of a menorah that burned for eight days with only one day's worth of oil.

The coin was found near walls that cut through the center of the citadel's, built during the time of Yonatan and Shimon, who led the Maccabees revolt. Stones from ancient missile launchers ballista have been discovered during excavations at the Tower of David.

Evidence of the Christian history of Jerusalem also emerged in late October. The workers have restored the church of the Holy Sepulchre claimed to have uncovered the tomb of Jesus, which were buried under layers of marble for centuries.

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