Bar-Kokhba Treasure Chest Discovered in Judean Hills
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
The largest-ever known number of coins from the time of Bar-Kokhba,
the Jewish leader against Roman invaders, has been discovered in the
Judean Hills by cave researchers from Hebrew and Bar-Ilan
The research team found three batches of bronze, silver and gold coins
in a deep cavern in a nature reserve. Pottery and weapons also were
discovered during a research project by Prof. Amos Frumkin of Hebrew
University and Prof. Hanan Eshel and Dr. Boaz Zissu of Bar-Ilan.
Most of the coins are in excellent condition, and Bar-Kokhba's
followers imprinted their own designs over the currency, which is of
The new imprints show Jewish images and words, including the façade of
the Hole Temple and the slogan “freedom for Jerusalem.”
Bar-Kokhba coins of this quality and quantity have never before been
discovered in one location by researchers in the Land of Israel,
although antiquities looters have found and sold large numbers of
coins from this period.
“This discovery verifies the assumption that the refugees of the
revolt fled to caves in the center of a populated area in addition to
the caves found in more isolated areas of the Judean Desert,” he said.