Rare coin from King Antiochus’s rule discovered in Jerusalem

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By Daniel K, Eisenbud.. Antiochus sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and reclaiming of the Temple. Nearly 30 years after completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned. [Photo top right: Antiochus Epiphanes]  However, during routine conservation work in the popular museum’s archaeological garden, veteran archeologist and chief conservation officer at the Tower of David, Orna Cohen, spotted a metallic item flash among stones near a wall. Upon closer inspection, Cohen determined the object was a bronze-leaf cent, once used in Jerusalem during the days of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a decidedly unwelcome guest in the history of the city. Antiochus was a reviled king who made draconian decrees, sparking the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and the reclaiming of the Temple.

The coin was found near the Hasmonean walls that cut through the center of the citadel’s courtyard, next to the tower base built during the day of Yonaton and Shimon, brothers of Judah the Maccabee. Read the full story here.

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