"We have a team looking into the discovery right now, We believe it is hugely important and will have more information very soon," said a spokesman at Andalucia's Ministry of Culture in Seville told The Local on Thursday.
Meanwhile, digging pipelines has been suspended on the site as they plan to conduct an archaeological excavation.
Pilate’s coins were struck in the name of the Emperor Tiberius but without the emperor’s image. • Any coin collector can tell you that a close look is necessary for accurate grading.
The objects depicted were possibly chosen as an intentional insult to religious beliefs held by the Jews, among whom these ‘widows mite’ bronze lepton coins circulated. 13 press release, University of North Carolina at Charlotte adjunct professor and resident archaeologist Shimon Gibson said of the newly encountered aureus coin, “The coin probably came from one of the rich 2,000-year-old Jewish dwellings which the UNC Charlotte team have been uncovering at the site.
The important part in both scenarios is for the find to be documented in its proper context prior to that find being disbursed to museums, collectors or souvenir hunters. 14 issue of , “The archaeologists hypothesized that the gold coin was part of one of these individual’s stores of wealth, amassed before their mansions were razed – along with the rest of the city – by Titus and the Roman legions.
An ancient Roman gold aureus of the Emperor Nero was recently discovered by professional archaeologists in Jerusalem, this being a very unusual find since gold coins were not struck in Judaea during this period. G Carson Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum (BMCRE) Volume I, No. The coin was found alongside other non-numismatic artifacts in rubble material outside first century Jewish villas being excavated as part of the Mount Zion archaeological project. The valuable coin was likely hidden prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and simply overlooked by Roman soldiers looting in the aftermath of their demolition.” An aureus issued at the time of Nero is comprised of 7.27 grams of gold, which is 0.889 percent of the weight of an aureus from the time of Julius Caesar, less than a century earlier.
Many of the coins also bore legends like “Jerusalem the Holy” or “Freedom of Zion.” The Romans crushed the Jewish revolt in 70 C. (except for the holdouts at Masada, among other places), but the Jews managed to revolt again a little more than 60 years later. As in the first revolt, however, coins are dated beginning with the start of the revolt.