Researchers make rare, valuable discovey in Jerusalem dig
Researchers in Jerusalem unearthed a rare gold coin bearing the image of the Roman Emperor Nero that could be worth a pretty penny.
The coin was discovered on Mount Zion by a team of archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Archaeologist Shimon Gibson said this is the first time a coin like this has been unearthed in Jerusalem in a scientific dig.
Usually, they are found in private collections, where the place of origin is not clear.
Historian David Jacobson identified the coin, using the inscriptions on the coin to determine it was struck in either 56 or 57 AD.
The Emperor Nero coin purportedly came from an aristocratic family, who hid it in anticipation of the takeover of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire.
However, looting soldiers must have missed it, allowing for this remarkable discovery centuries later.
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