January 31, 2009

A cache of over 250 gold coins has been recently discovered in the
City of David in Jerusalem. The coins are believed to date to the early
seventh century A.D. during the reign of the emperor Heraclius (610-641
A.D.). The coins bear his likeness, and appear to be of a type that was
minted during the first years of his reign, sometime between 610 and
613 A.D. It is considered to be the largest and most important horde of
its period ever discovered in Jerusalem.

Dr. Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets, directors of the
excavation at the site on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority,
state that “Since no pottery vessel was discovered adjacent to the
hoard, we can assume that it was concealed inside a hidden niche in one
of the walls of the building. It seems that with its collapse, the
coins piled up there among the building debris.”

Science Daily reports on the horde of coins discovered in the City of David.

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