Ancient Gold Coin Hoard Pinpoints Persian Destruction of Jerusalem

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  1. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/...d-pinpoints-persian-destruction-of-jerusalem/

    "If a hoard of 264 Byzantine gold solidi suddenly appeared and careful examination showed that every coin in the hoard was struck from the SAME dies–a die set never before identified–experts would be quick to suggest the possibility of forgery.

    Real life, however, can be stranger than fiction."

    • Excavated a dozen years ago at the Givati parking lot in Jerusalem
    • Portrait of Heraclius
    • Heracles ruled the East Roman Empire from 610 to 641 BCE [sic... supposed to be AD, isn't it?]
    • None of the coins are clipped, carry graffiti, or have any other significant signs of use
    • Likely part of an emergency issue struck at a Jerusalem mint,

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  3. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    If I had found them my heart would have stopped!

    And possibly not restarted
     
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Especially if your a Metal Detectorist ! :happy:
     
  5. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank


    yes, I am.
     
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter μεγάλος βασιλιάς

    We're still missing the Ark of the Covenant
     
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  7. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    :confused: And the reason the coins are 100% genuine is....

    I like to see "metal flow" on coins of this type.
     
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  8. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    Ms. Bijovsky is an Israeli archaeologist specializing in numismatics. I became familiar with her work some years ago through my interest in early Islamic coppers. You can find her report on the gold hoard here:
    https://antiquities.academia.edu/GabrielaIngridBijovsky
     
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  9. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    Thanks! Much can be learned when reading professional papers. I shall read it.

    Nevertheless, before reading the link, I'll remain extremely suspicious. I respect the work of all the professionals involved with the hoard; but I doubt anyone has had this entire hoard closely examined under high magnification by professional coin authenticators. I'll note that AFAIK that was never done with the "Black Sea Hoard" that was authenticated by a bunch of professional ancient coin dealers.

    IMHO, if they would have sent that group to a few "professionals" who will not be named here, :jawdrop:;) a lot of money could have been saved. :p
     
  10. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    Well if they are all fakes... whoever made them just wasted $65,000 in gold to make 264 solid gold coins, (which will likely never end up for sale)


    (0% chance they are fakes)
     
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  11. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    arnoldoe, posted: Well if they are all fakes... whoever made them just wasted $65,000 in gold to make 264 solid gold coins, (which will likely never end up for sale).

    Remember, I have not condemned the hoard as fakes. I said I AM SUSPICIOUS of things like this. IT IS IN MY :cold: NATURE. You make an excellent point IF they are never sold.

    Until I read the link, I won't know if those unlisted coins were dug out of an undisturbed pit of rock-hard-earth that was witnessed by a dozen diggers. Get my point? :happy:
     
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