Israel finds rare 2,200-year-old gold coin near Lebanon border

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Archaeologists say they have uncovered the heaviest and most valuable gold coin ever found in Israel.

The 2,200-year-old coin weighs an ounce (28 grams) and was found at the Tel Kedesh site near the Lebanon border on June 22, according to Wednesday’s statement from the antiquities authority.

It said this coin is six times the weight of most others from that era.

Donald Ariel, head of the antiquities authority coin department, said the coin dates back to the rule of the Iraq-based Seleucid Empire, though it was minted by the rival Egyptian Ptolemies.

Ariel said the coin’s image may represent Cleopatra I, wife of Ptolemy V. It is only the second gold Ptolemaic coin ever found in Israel. The first weighed just two grams (0.07 ounces).

A handout picture released by Israel Antiquities Authority shows the two sides of a rare 2200-year old coin uncovered in excavations in a northern Israeli village near the Lebanon border

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75 responses to “Israel finds rare 2,200-year-old gold coin near Lebanon border”

  1. Leb-Syrian Avatar
    Leb-Syrian

    Maybe this coin was under the tree they were trying to uproot? hmmmmmmm? haha jk

  2. Leb-Syrian Avatar
    Leb-Syrian

    Maybe this coin was under the tree they were trying to uproot? hmmmmmmm? haha jk

    1. I wouldn’t doubt it.

    2. I wouldn’t doubt it.

    3. I wouldn’t doubt it.

  3. Leb-Syrian Avatar
    Leb-Syrian

    Maybe this coin was under the tree they were trying to uproot? hmmmmmmm? haha jk

  4. Leb-Syrian Avatar
    Leb-Syrian

    Maybe this coin was under the tree they were trying to uproot? hmmmmmmm? haha jk

  5. Nadine Foad Avatar
    Nadine Foad

    When Maria see this news article, she would say something like .. Syria planted the coin on the border to provoke Lebanese/Israeli conflict then when both armies are exhasuted it will invade Lebon all over again .. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Leb-Syrian Avatar
      Leb-Syrian

      Ya wailek. Hala2 maria btijee laikee

    2. Leb-Syrian Avatar
      Leb-Syrian

      Ya wailek. Hala2 maria btijee laikee

    3. Leb-Syrian Avatar
      Leb-Syrian

      Ya wailek. Hala2 maria btijee laikee

  6. Nadine Foad Avatar
    Nadine Foad

    When Maria see this news article, she would say something like .. Syria planted the coin on the border to provoke Lebanese/Israeli conflict then when both armies are exhasuted it will invade Lebon all over again .. ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. prophet Avatar

    Did any one notice that no Hebrew writing on that coin? So much for the Israeli/Jewish claim that Palestine was their home land more than 2000 years ago.LOL

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      Did you, prophet, also notice that is no Arabic script neither? That’s because the Seleucids were Greeks. When Alexander conquered the area in 300 BC the Jews were the third of the population. Alexander spared them as they promised him to name every first born Alexander and did not defying him like the Tyrians did.

      The Seleucids were a mixture of Greeks and locals. The Alphabet used and the language used were Greeks (borrowed letters from Phoenician scripts which incidentally did not have vowels). Two hundred years after this coin was minted, Jesus was born, as a Jew, to a Jewish family, in Palestine under Roman rule. The people of the land spoke Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin.

      Rome split into two empires and Byzantium (The Eastern Roman Empire) made its capital Constantinople (Istanbul) and the people of the land spoke Aramaic, Hebrew, Roman and the Greek started retreating as the main language.

      It was not until early 900 that Arabs (and Islam) started their conquest out of the peninsula.

      That being clarified, the Levant (including Palestine) cannot be claimed by ANY group of people as “their own”.

      1. walid you rock bro.

      2. walid you rock bro.

      3. walid you rock bro.

      4. walid you rock bro.

      5. prophet Avatar

        Hey Walid, you can’t take a joke?lol

        At least you should thank me for all the thumbs-up you got.lol

      6. prophet Avatar

        Hey Walid, you can’t take a joke?lol

        At least you should thank me for all the thumbs-up you got.lol

      7. prophet Avatar

        Hey Walid, you can’t take a joke?lol

        At least you should thank me for all the thumbs-up you got.lol

    2. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      Did you, prophet, also notice that is no Arabic script neither? That’s because the Seleucids were Greeks. When Alexander conquered the area in 300 BC the Jews were the third of the population. Alexander spared them as they promised him to name every first born Alexander and did not defying him like the Tyrians did.

      The Seleucids were a mixture of Greeks and locals. The Alphabet used and the language used were Greeks (borrowed letters from Phoenician scripts which incidentally did not have vowels). Two hundred years after this coin was minted, Jesus was born, as a Jew, to a Jewish family, in Palestine under Roman rule. The people of the land spoke Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin.

      Rome split into two empires and Byzantium (The Eastern Roman Empire) made its capital Constantinople (Istanbul) and the people of the land spoke Aramaic, Hebrew, Roman and the Greek started retreating as the main language.

      It was not until early 900 that Arabs (and Islam) started their conquest out of the peninsula.

      That being clarified, the Levant (including Palestine) cannot be claimed by ANY group of people as “their own”.

    3. Ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

      1. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        Yup

        They are dead… LOL!!!

      2. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        Yup

        They are dead… LOL!!!

      3. Walid Khouri Avatar
        Walid Khouri

        Yup

        They are dead… LOL!!!

    4. Ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    5. Ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    6. Ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

  8. prophet Avatar

    Did any one notice that no Hebrew writing on that coin? So much for the Israeli/Jewish claim that Palestine was their home land more than 2000 years ago.LOL

  9. prophet Avatar

    Did any one notice that no Hebrew writing on that coin? So much for the Israeli/Jewish claim that Palestine was their home land more than 2000 years ago.LOL

  10. Well I guess if there’s another war the archaeologists will come in after the tanks!Here’s hoping for a strong and honest government in Lebanon that can build a stronger economy through the land resources and antiquity finds!

  11. Well I guess if there’s another war the archaeologists will come in after the tanks!Here’s hoping for a strong and honest government in Lebanon that can build a stronger economy through the land resources and antiquity finds!

  12. Well I guess if there’s another war the archaeologists will come in after the tanks!Here’s hoping for a strong and honest government in Lebanon that can build a stronger economy through the land resources and antiquity finds!

  13. moustapha Avatar
    moustapha

    Thumbs up walid amazing historical facts.. never seize to amaze me with your knowledge mashallah.

    This just proves the point that prophet is making.. which is the Zionists have no right to claim that they owned the land since 4000 years prior to the 20th century thus giving themselves an excuse to ruthlessly destroy the living of the current resident of that land. The Palestenians were the ones living on this land thus they are the owners.. and anyone else claiming it is Israel’s right they can shove it where the sun dont shine and all the way back to timbuktu.

    Walid…i think you would have the knowledge of when the palastenians came to be called the palastenians and resided in their area.. Please enlighten us.

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      Palestine is the name of the land bordered by Lebanon North, the Sinai, South and the most recent invention, Jordan Eastwardly. The people of the land are an amalgam of Aramaic, Hebrews, Greeks and Arabs. The Egyptian Scripts speak of “the Sea People” as an invading force and some people believe they came from the Greek cities of Modern Turkey or probably Hittites because the city states apparently could not stand against their sophisticated weapons and they asked the Pharaohs help. The Philistines as they became known were not Arabs, and like their Phoenician brethren they lived side by side with other tribes and often fought over the land.

      In the First Century (100 years after the birth of Jesus), the Romans had it with the Jews and after the latter’s rebellion the Roman Emperor Hadrian wiped out the identity of Israel and imposed the name of Palastina to the area and the name was carried through Byzantine era and afterward the Arabs adopted the Greco-Roman name and called it “Falastin”. The British took Falastin from the Ottoman Turks and we all know what happened next…

      The biggest culprits in the current crisis are actually the Arabs. WHY?

      Six Arab states launched a war against the newly “invented” State of Israel. However, and sadly, their purpose was not to establish an independent Falastin. Their aim was to partition Palestine amongst themselves. By doing so THEY (the Arabs) undermined the future of an entire people and ruined it for generations to come.

      1. good job again walid. much respect.

      2. good job again walid. much respect.

      3. good job again walid. much respect.

      4. good job again walid. much respect.

      5. prophet Avatar

        I can’t beleive that my joke became a hot topic.lol

        Again Walid , you owe me for the good rating.GOOD JOB THOUGH.

      6. prophet Avatar

        I can’t beleive that my joke became a hot topic.lol

        Again Walid , you owe me for the good rating.GOOD JOB THOUGH.

      7. prophet Avatar

        I can’t beleive that my joke became a hot topic.lol

        Again Walid , you owe me for the good rating.GOOD JOB THOUGH.

  14. moustapha Avatar
    moustapha

    Thumbs up walid amazing historical facts.. never seize to amaze me with your knowledge mashallah.

    This just proves the point that prophet is making.. which is the Zionists have no right to claim that they owned the land since 4000 years prior to the 20th century thus giving themselves an excuse to ruthlessly destroy the living of the current resident of that land. The Palestenians were the ones living on this land thus they are the owners.. and anyone else claiming it is Israel’s right they can shove it where the sun dont shine and all the way back to timbuktu.

    Walid…i think you would have the knowledge of when the palastenians came to be called the palastenians and resided in their area.. Please enlighten us.

  15. moustapha Avatar
    moustapha

    Thumbs up walid amazing historical facts.. never seize to amaze me with your knowledge mashallah.

    This just proves the point that prophet is making.. which is the Zionists have no right to claim that they owned the land since 4000 years prior to the 20th century thus giving themselves an excuse to ruthlessly destroy the living of the current resident of that land. The Palestenians were the ones living on this land thus they are the owners.. and anyone else claiming it is Israel’s right they can shove it where the sun dont shine and all the way back to timbuktu.

    Walid…i think you would have the knowledge of when the palastenians came to be called the palastenians and resided in their area.. Please enlighten us.

  16. These coins look really good and valuable. Forget the farms lets get these coins and we can can buy some Mig fighters for God’s sake.

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      lol Elias, too funny and so true. Give us back the coins and we can free the land with the money… lol

    2. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      lol Elias, too funny and so true. Give us back the coins and we can free the land with the money… lol

    3. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      lol Elias, too funny and so true. Give us back the coins and we can free the land with the money… lol

    4. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      lol Elias, too funny and so true. Give us back the coins and we can free the land with the money… lol

  17. These coins look really good and valuable. Forget the farms lets get these coins and we can can buy some Mig fighters for God’s sake.

  18. Abou Daoud Avatar
    Abou Daoud

    So – Walid if i get it right Palestine is the term used by Invaders of a region with Jewish , Christian and others identity?

    Brilliant analysis!

  19. Abou Daoud Avatar
    Abou Daoud

    So – Walid if i get it right Palestine is the term used by Invaders of a region with Jewish , Christian and others identity?

    Brilliant analysis!

  20. Abou Daoud Avatar
    Abou Daoud

    So – Walid if i get it right Palestine is the term used by Invaders of a region with Jewish , Christian and others identity?

    Brilliant analysis!

  21. Walid Khouri Avatar
    Walid Khouri

    Hi Sebouh,

    Stay tuned…

    I will have a surprise for you soon…

    Thanks,

    Walid

  22. Walid Khouri Avatar
    Walid Khouri

    Hi Sebouh,

    Stay tuned…

    I will have a surprise for you soon…

    Thanks,

    Walid

  23. Walid Khouri Avatar
    Walid Khouri

    Hi Sebouh,

    Stay tuned…

    I will have a surprise for you soon…

    Thanks,

    Walid

  24. Walid Khouri Avatar
    Walid Khouri

    Hi Sebouh,

    Stay tuned…

    I will have a surprise for you soon…

    Thanks,

    Walid

  25. ‘Palestine’ was the Romans’ way of saying ‘Not Israel/Judea’

  26. ‘Palestine’ was the Romans’ way of saying ‘Not Israel/Judea’

  27. ‘Palestine’ was the Romans’ way of saying ‘Not Israel/Judea’

  28. ‘Palestine’ was the Romans’ way of saying ‘Not Israel/Judea’

  29. The plurality of Palestinian Arabs are decended from the same seed as the plurality of Jews.

  30. The plurality of Palestinian Arabs are decended from the same seed as the plurality of Jews.

  31. The plurality of Palestinian Arabs are decended from the same seed as the plurality of Jews.

  32. The plurality of Palestinian Arabs are decended from the same seed as the plurality of Jews.

  33. Our land was colonized by more empires than any other has been. You will find all kinds of coins here.

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      No Adam

      Palestine evolved with every colonization and the Jews became citizens of the empires like all other small nations of the area.

    2. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      No Adam

      Palestine evolved with every colonization and the Jews became citizens of the empires like all other small nations of the area.

  34. Our land was colonized by more empires than any other has been. You will find all kinds of coins here.

  35. Our land was colonized by more empires than any other has been. You will find all kinds of coins here.

  36. Our land was colonized by more empires than any other has been. You will find all kinds of coins here.

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