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EXTRAORDINARY 2,200-YEAR-OLD GOLD COIN FOUND IN ISRAEL

A university team in Israel has unearthed a gold coin that is 2,200 years old. The coin’s denomination is “mnaieion”.

The coin is one of the top five rarest finds in the history of the country. This was stated by Dr. Donald T. Ariel, head of the Coin Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

Ariel was quoted as saying, “Intrinsically, for coin research, it’s a very exciting find.” He further added, “This is an amazing numismatic find. The coin is beautiful and in excellent preservation. It is the heaviest gold coin with the highest contemporary value of any coin ever found in an excavation in Israel.”

The weight of the coin is almost one ounce, i.e. 27.71 grams. It dates back to 191 BCE and was minted in Alexandria, Egypt, by Ptolemy V.

The ‘head’ of the coin, has a portrayal of Queen Arsinoe II Philadelphus. On the other side, i.e. the ‘tail’  two “overlapping cornucopias decorated with fillets” have been depicted.

Ariel disclosed that the coin was entrenched in a stone wall “separating the northwest storeroom of the Hellenistic administrative building from a room currently identified as a kitchen.”

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