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Israeli Archeologists Unearth Rare Coins

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April 19, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Israeli archeologists excavating caves near the Dead Sea have found nine rare silver coins believed to date to a failed Jewish rebellion against the Romans in the 2nd century.

Archeological finds relating to the three-year rebellion are rare. About 2,000 coins from the rebellion are known to exist, and this is only the second time archeologists have found such coins on a dig.

Of particular rarity is the largest Jewish coin ever issued, a half-ounce silver coin known as the Petra Drachma.

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