Temple Mount area is site of archaeologists’ discovery of Christian-era gold and silver coins

(JNS.org) Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologists unveiled a collection of three-dozen gold and silver coins found near the Temple Mount’s southern wall. The coins date back to 4th-6th century CE, when Jerusalem was under control of the Christian Byzantine Empire.

The archaeological excavation area outside the southern wall of the Temple Mount. Credit: Bcrawford92 via Wikimedia Commons.

Dubbed the “Ophel Treasure” after the biblical term for the elevated City of David in Jerusalem, the collection included a large 10-centimeter gold medallion that featured a menorah, shofar and Torah scroll.

“The 36 gold coins can be dated to the reigns of different Byzantine emperors, ranging from the middle of the 4th century CE to the early 7th century CE,” archeologist Lior Sandberg said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Archaeologists estimate the coins were abruptly abandoned during the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 CE, due to the position in which they were found.

The finding is also notable due to its rarity. According to the archeologists, this is only the third collection of gold coins to be found in Jerusalem.

Posted on September 9, 2013 .