Coins Found in Temple Mount Sifting

The Temple Mount Sifting Project has uncovered two ancient coins. The first dates from the Second Temple period and may have been damaged by the fire which destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. It is a half-shekel coin, which was the denomination used as a donation to the Temple. The second coin was minted by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king during the Maccabean revolt.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project relies on volunteers to go through rubble removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf a number of years ago. Around 3,500 coins have been found in the piles of dirt which were removed from the Mount with no regard for the antiquities they contain.

As a result of the current economic situation, the Temple Mount Sifting Project is in financial straits and requesting donations.

More information on the coins is available at Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post.

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