During excavation in ancient sewage system in City of David, ancient coin discovered; Coin from final year of Jewish Revolt against the Romans and reads “For the Redemption of Zion”.
A bronze coin dating back to the Great Revolt in Jerusalem was found last week, just weeks ahead of the Jewish commemoration of the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
The coin discovered was from the final year of the Jewish Revolt against the Romans from year 69 and was found in the ancient sewage system running under Jerusalem. It is likely that the coin fell from the pocket of Jewish rebels hiding from the Romans. Jewish rebels hid in the sewage system in the last days of the revolt, as recorded by the Romano-Jewish scholar Josephus Flavius.
The almost 2,000 year old discovery was made at the Emek Zurim National Park in the City of David National Park during an excavation led by Israels Antiquities Authority. The coin reads “For the Redemption of Zion”, and depicts the four species and is written “Fourth Year”, referring to the final year of the revolt, and a goblet used in the Second Temple.
There have been numerous discoveries of ancient coins during excavations in Jerusalem, giving archeologists and historians more details of Jewish history, specifically during the destruction of the Second Temple.
In March of this year, dozens of coins were discovered in a cave near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The coins discovered were believed to have been hidden in the cave by residents of Jerusalem during the destruction of the Second Temple and final year of the revolt.
Coins from the first year of the revolt read “For the freedom of Zion,” and coins from the final year of the revolt read “For the redemption/to save Zion,” depicting the timeline of events of the Roman’s siege of Jerusalem and destruction of its Temple. The coins also depict a goblet used in the Second Temple, as well as the four Biblical species of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the citron, palm, myrtle and willow.
Prior to the discovery, a seal impression that may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah was found in February of this year. The seal bore the name of King Hezekiah and read “Belonging to Hezekiah Ahaz King of Judah”.
Photo: Coins discovered last week, CREDIT: “Archeological Experience- City of David at Emek Zurim National Park”, 2018.