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School children uncover 1600-year-old gold coin

The coin, which shows the Goddess Victoria, the Staff of the Cross (Photo Nir Distelfeld, Israel Antiquities Authority)

An extremely rare Byzantine gold coins was found by a group of school children in the north of Israel. The coin, which was spotted in February, is the first of its kind discovered in the country, according to experts.

The four 9th grade students from Haemeq Hamaaravi High School in Kibbutz Yifat were orienteering along a stream in the region of Galilee as they are spotted on the currency. The schoolchildren – Ido Kadosh, Ofir Sigal, Dotan Miller and Harel Grin, and realised they had made an important find and reported it to their geography and history teacher Zohar Porshyan, which are in contact with the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The gold coin is a solidus coin struck by the emperor Theodosius II in Constantinople (now Istanbul) around 420-423 CE,” explained Dr. Gabriela Bijovsky, a numismatic expert at the IAA in a statement obtained by Fox News. “Similar coins are known from the Eastern Byzantine empire, but this is the first of its kind discovered in Israel. One side shows the image of the emperor and the other shows the image of the Goddess of Victory, the Staff of the Cross.”

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For their find, the boys were rewarded with a certificate for good citizenship by the IAA.

The Haemeq Hamaaravi high school students who find the golden coin (Photo: Suzi Frenkel)

Israel continues to offer a glimpse of the rich history. The room was worshipped as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper, for example, is revealed in the smallest detail, thanks to the remarkable 3D laser scanning technology.

Last year, a previously unknown 1,500-year-old painting of Christ’s face was discovered at a Byzantine church in Israel in the Negev desert.

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Also in 2018, archaeologists announced the discovery of a large 1,500-year-old swimming pool and elaborate fountain on the site of an old church in the neighborhood of Jerusalem. Built during the Byzantine era, the pools, dating between the 4th and the 6th century A. D., according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The coin, which bears the image of the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. (Photo Nir Distelfeld, Israel Antiquities Authority)

In 2017, archaeologists discovered a beautiful 1500 year old Christian mosaic that was once the floor of a church or monastery in the old city on the coast of Ashdod-Yam.

An ancient Greek inscription was found on a 1500 year old mosaic floor in the vicinity of the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem in 2017. The inscription mentions the Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6th century A. D., and commemorates the building of the foundation by a priest named Constantine.

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A 1500 year-old church was discovered in 2015 by a Byzantine-era rest stop between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In 2014, the remains of another church from the same period were discovered in the south of Israel.

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Experts also believe they have the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.

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