A rare silver shekel dated to the second year of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans was recently discovered by an 11-year-old girl who was volunteering at the Emek Tzurim Sifting Project, which sifts dirt excavated from the Pilgrimage Road excavations. Experts believe the coin may have been minted by priests on the Temple Mount using silver from the Temple reserves. The 14-gram coin features a cup one side with the inscription “Israeli shekel” and the Hebrew letters Shin and Bet, shorthand for “second year” (ie. second year of the revolt – AD 67/68). The inscription on the reverse side reads, “Holy Jerusalem” and has another word which, according to experts, refers to the headquarters of the High Priest in the Temple. Only about 30 silver coins from the period of the Great Revolt have been discovered to date.
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