Coin Dating Back to Maccabean Revolt Found

The visage of Antiochus on the observe of a bronze coin found at the Tower of David Citadel courtyard (Courtesy Tower of David)

The visage of Antiochus on the observe of a bronze coin found at the Tower of David Citadel courtyard (Courtesy Tower of David)

(ESFI Editorial Staff) Recently a coin dating back to Antiochus IV Epiphanes was discovered during routine maintenance in the Tower of David citadel. Epiphanies was the king who oppressed the Jewish people and attempted to erase the nation from the earth. It was under his reign that the Maccabean revolt took place, giving us what we now know as Hanukkah.

Interestingly, archeologists believed that they excavated the site decades ago. Orna Cohen, chief conservator, spotted the metal object sticking out from stones on a wall. A careful examination revealed that it was a bronze prutah, a coin that was used more than 2,000 years ago.

On the front of the coin, Antiochus is seen wearing a crown, while the other side bears an image of a scarf-wrapped goddess.

While there is no date on the coin, officials from the Tower of David said, “We know that these coins were minted in Acre, which in that time was called Ptolemais, apparently between 172 and 168 BCE.”

Director and Chief Curator of the Tower of David Museum, Eilat Lieber, said the coin “offers additional evidence that backs up historical accounts and upholds what took place here.”

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