A cache of rare silver coins from the Hasmonean period, more than 2,000 years ago, has been discovered in the Modi’in area, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday.
The director of the excavation, Avraham Tendler, said "The cache may have belonged to a Jew who hid
his money in the hope of coming back to collect it, but he was unlucky and never did return."
The coins from approximately 126 B.C.E. were discovered in April hidden in a rock crevice in an agricultural estate that was discovered during an excavation being carried out before construction of a new neighborhood began.