Coin dating back to Jewish revolt against the Romans found in Jerusalem

December 13, 2016 Agencies
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Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev has unveiled a coin inscribed with the words “Free Zion” that dates back to the period of the Jewish revolt against the Romans.

The front and back of the coin unveiled Sunday by Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. Credit: Israeli Culture and Sports Ministry.

The coin, which Regev presented at a cabinet meeting Sunday, was discovered by one of the minister’s advisers in Jerusalem’s City of David landmark.

The back of the coin bears an inscription reading “Two years to the Great Revolt,” which dates it to the year 67 CE, three years before the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple.

Regev said that during the Hanukkah holiday later this month, her ministry and the Israel Antiquities Authority will unveil another discovery, an ancient street in Jerusalem that is “the street the Maccabees trod 2,000 years ago.”

According to Regev, the street in question was a main thoroughfare in ancient Jerusalem, and the shops that lined it have also been excavated. The street is named Olei Haregel (“The Pilgrims”), after the Jews who used it to ascend the Temple Mount from Shiloah Pool.

“I see this project of excavating the Old City, of continued excavations in the Old City, as a national project,” Regev said.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to


2 Responses to “Coin dating back to Jewish revolt against the Romans found in Jerusalem”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    I wonder if the saying possesion is 9/10’s of the law applies……the words Zion should be enough……and nothing could be more Jewish than the Menorah.

  2. Eion Isaac says:

    The causes of the terrible failure of the Revolt against Imperialist Pagan Rome the land of awful practices but the SuperPower is attributed to divisions among the Jews -the Zealots burnt the food supplies to prevent truce talks .
    Fortunately Ben-Zakkai got out in a coffin and built Yavneh .
    Horrifically this was the model the Jews in particular the Rabbis followed in their reaction to Nazi Occupation .
    They did not realise that evil of genocide had accelerated in the Millenia of history .
    But when the Nazis split atoms Einstein a pacifist realised and wrote to Roosevelt in 1938 five years too late about the danger of the Nazis getting the Atomic Bomb first in all its horror .
    The Jews need extreme vigilance.

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