A student came across a coin from the Second Temple-era during a long walk in Samaria last week, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the coin was uncovered on the eastern side of the Shilo stream.

The long walk which originally aims at making the school kid have fun turned out to be a discovery trip.
The group leader contacted the COGAT to examine the coin when the student found it.
The coin has three stalks of grain and a royal canopy with the words “King Agrippa” engraved in it.

Agrippa was King Herod the Great’s grandson and the father of Herod Agrippa II, who became the last king of the Herodian Dynasty, he ruled ancient Judea from 41 A.D. to 44 A.D.

He persecuted the church in Jerusalem and according to the book of Acts he imprisoned Peter and had James beheaded.

Hananya Hizmi, an officer in the archaeological unit of COGAT said the coin is a very meaningful find

Every archaeological find has a story that sheds more light on the history of the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. Finds like these complete another part of the historical puzzle of our people. he added.

The coin will be guarded by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s collection of National Treasures.