Nir Distelfeld and Laurie Rimon at the site (Israel Antiquities)   Authority/Israel   A Hiker Found an Extremely Rare Gold Coin  almost 2,000 Years Old The Hiker turned it over to the Israel Antiquities Authority and will be awarded a certificate of appreciation for good citizenship Apparently only one such coin has been found in the world The famous British Museum possesses an ancient gold coin that until now was apparently the only one of its kind known in the world – a coin that bears the image of Emperor Augustus and was minted by Emperor Trajan. This coin, from 107 CE, was part of a series of nostalgic coins that Emperor Trajan minted and dedicated to the Roman emperors that ruled before him.       A surprising random discovery by Laurie Rimon, a member of Kibbutz Kefar Blum, who was hiking with friends in the countryside, uncovered the “identical twin brother” of this rare coin – the second such coin of its kind now known to exist.  During a recent trip to the eastern Galilee a group of veteran hikers, including Laurie, arrived at an archaeological site. Suddenly Laurie discerned a shiny object in the grass. When she picked it up she realized it was an ancient gold coin. The group’s guide, Irit Zuk-Kovacsi contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority with the help of archaeologist and veteran tour guide Dr Motti Aviam, and within two hours an IAA representative joined the group of hikers in the field. Laurie turned the rare find over to him admitting, “It was not easy parting with the coin. After all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future”. ?????? ???? ???? ??? ???? ?????, ?? ???? 2000 ???  ???? ???? ??????? ?????? ????? ????? ????? ??????? ?? ??????? ????? ??? ?????, ???? ?? ??? ???? ??? ??? ????? ???????? ?????? ????? ????? ?????? ???? ???

Nir Distelfeld and Laurie Rimon at the site (Israel Antiquities Authority/Israel) 
 

A hiker has found a rare, nearly 2,000-year-old gold coin in Israel, the country’s antiquities authority said.

The ancient coin appears to be only the second of its kind to have been found, the authority said. The British Museum possesses the other coin, it said.

The coin, from the year AD 107, bears the image of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was minted as part of a series of coins honouring Roman rulers.

Laurie Rimon with the coin

Laurie Rimon with the coin

The rare coin

The rare coin

The coin may have paid part of the salary of a Roman soldier, authority official Donald T Ariel said.

Hiker Laurie Rimon happened upon the shiny coin on a recent walk in Israel’s eastern Galilee region.

She will receive a certificate of appreciation for handing over the coin, the authority said.

Laurie turned the rare find over to him admitting, “It was not easy parting with the coin. After all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future”.

Nir Distelfeld, an inspector with the IAA Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, noted, “Laurie demonstrated exemplary civic behavior by handing this important coin over.”

According to Dr. Danny Syon, a senior numismatist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This coin, minted in Rome in 107 CE, is rare on a global level. On the reverse we have the symbols of the Roman legions next to the name of the ruler Trajan, and on the obverse – instead of an image of the emperor Trajan, as was usually the case, there is the portrait of the emperor “Augustus Deified”.