TLVFaces and others are reporting the discovery of a horde of coins minted by Jews in Jerusalem some 1950 years ago. The coins are stamped one one side with a chalice and the inscription “To the Freedom of Zion” and on the other with a lulav and etrog, ancient Jewish symbols. The coins were found in a wooden box in the corner of a Second Temple Period house along the course of the ongoing project to widen Highway 1 from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

These coins were minted in the fourth year of the Jewish revolt against the romans. The owner of the coins buried them underneath his home in the hills surrounding Jerusalem. Apparently he suspected that the rebellion would soon be crushed and hedged on being able to return to collect his money. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t the case.

It’s remarkable that these coins were announced today, on Tisha B’Av, the day when Jews around the world relive the fall of that very same rebellion and the destruction of the Holy Temple. At this time of surging world-wide Jew-hatred and the widespread undermining of Israel’s right to exist, these coins stand as mute testimony to the sheer lunacy of our enemies’ cause.

Excavator displaying 2nd Temple Period coins. Photo Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Excavator displaying 2nd Temple Period coins. Photo Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority