The Daily Mail reports: A rare gold coin dating to the rule of emperor Trajan but bearing the face of Augustus, has been discovered by a hiker in Israel.
It suggests the ruler, known for his philanthropy and social welfare policies, was a fan of Rome’s first emperor and ordered the issue of a coin in tribute.
The golden coin, which was unearthed in the countryside of eastern Galilee, northern Israel, is 1,900 years old and the twin of an identical artefact kept in London’s British Museum.
Laurie Rimon, of Galilee Kibbutz Kefar Blum, was hiking with friends when she spotted a shiny object in the grass.
The group’s tour guide contacted the authorities, who collected the precious rare coin for analysis.
‘It was not easy parting with the coin. After all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future,’ Ms Rimon said.
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