Hiker Accidentally Unearths Extremely Rare Gold Coin In Israel

Laurie Rimon did a double-take when she noticed a glint of gold sparkling in the rocks while on a hiking trip in northern Israel’s mountainous Galilee region earlier this month. The veteran hiker stooped down to unearth what turned out to be an extremely rare coin — the second of its kind in the world.

“I saw something shiny, which I assumed was a coin of sorts. It was so bright and clear at first I thought it was maybe a toy or something,” Rimon, who was hiking with a large group when she found the coin on March 2, told The WorldPost.

Her accidental discovery was “a world-class find,” Dr. Danny Syon, a senior numismatist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a YouTube video his organization posted on Sunday. The ancient coin was minted in the year A.D. 107 by Roman Emperor Trajan as part of series dedicated to former emperors, Dr. Syon explained.

On one side, the coin depicts Augustus, the Roman emperor who ruled from 27 B.C. until his death in A.D. 14. The other side features symbols of the Roman legions. London’s British Museum currently owns the only other coin like it.

Rimon was blown away when she first learned of the coin’s historical significance and value.

“When I showed it to our guide, she at first thought I was pulling her leg. Then she was in total shock,” recalled Rimon, who promptly handed the artifact over to the IAA later that day.

“I admit I had a hard time turning it over,” she said. “[I] would have loved to sleep on it at least one night, though I knew I would give it to them.”

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