2,000 year-old coin from Maccabean Revolt discovered in Jerusalem

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A 2,000-year old bronze coin dating back to the time of the Maccabean revolt was discovered in Jerusalem. The find comes just ahead of the Jewish celebration of Hanukah which will begin this coming Saturday through next Sunday.

The coin was discovered during an archeological dig at the Tower of David in Jerusalem. The coin depicts the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes who decreed the annihilation of the Jewish people.

Archeologists reported that coins from this era were minted in Acre (Ptolemais) between 172 and 168 BC.

The Maccabean Revolt took place between 167 and 160 BC, a Jewish rebellion to the Seleucid Empire led by Judah Maccabee. The story of the Revolt is remembered and celebrated by the Jewish people during the “Festival…

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