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What archaeologists find is important. But what they don’t find can be just as important—such as their failure to find coins anywhere in the world before the end of the 7th century B.C. In the Holy Land, coins are not found until...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March 1978
Israel answers ancient Rome’s Judea Capta series with Liberata medals
In the year 70, Jerusalem lay in ruins, the once magnificent Temple reduced to rubble. The Roman conquerors were scattering the people of tiny Judea throughout the empire, beginning another Diaspora—the longest exile in the history of the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1981
The late great Israeli numismatist Yaakov Meshorer wrote in 2001: The Judaea Capta [coins] were minted in a quantity that is surprising for Roman coins in general, and for those celebrating victories over other peoples in particular, as if...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2010
Early association established between Turkish Ararat and Noah’s landing place
New evidence for the antiquity of the tradition associating Mt. Ararat in Turkey with the landing place of Noah’s Ark comes to us in the form of a unique coin on display at the Israel Museum. This large bronze medallion was struck 1700 years...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1981
The Royal Stoa at the southern end of Herod’s Temple Mount was “a structure more noteworthy than any under the sun,” according to Josephus. And when the First Jewish Revolt broke out in 66 C.E., this magnificent building became a hub for rebel coin minting
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2011