Rare Chanukah Coin Discovered

A rare coin from the Hasmonean rebellion and a Temple half-shekel have been found in the rubble from illegal construction at the Temple Mount.

Hana Levi Julian ,

Half-shekel found in Temple Mount rubble
Half-shekel found in Temple Mount rubble
Israel News Photo: (Ze'ev Radovan)

A 14-year-old volunteer found a precious silver half-shekel coin used to pay taxes in ancient Temple times, and a coin minted during the Jewish rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes IV of the Chanukah story was also discovered in the rubble rescued from illegal construction carried out by the Muslim Wakf. 

"The rubble from this illegal work was removed by bulldozers and trucks and discarded in the Kidron Valley. Though these remains are no longer in their original context, they contain important archaeological material," he said.