(Sci News) — The 1.5-cm (0.6 inch) bronze coins are well preserved, probably because they were in use for a short time.
“The coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave for four years (66-70 BC) — from the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem,” explained Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar.
“While several of the coins date to the early years of the revolt, the great majority are from its final year, otherwise known as, ‘Year Four’ (69-70 BC).”
“Significantly, during the final year, the Hebrew inscription on the coins was changed from ‘For the Freedom of Zion’ to ‘For the Redemption of Zion,’ a shift which reflects the changing mood of the rebels during this period of horror and famine.”
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