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Stolen coin minted nearly 2,000 years ago worth $1 million has returned to Israel after years of hunting

Stolen coin minted nearly 2,000 years ago worth $1 million has returned to Israel after years of hunting

After a 20-year police search, a quarter-shekel coin dating as far back as 69 AD, one of only four known of its type and worth $1 million, has been returned to the State of Israel.

The silver coin was minted during a Jewish uprising nearly 2,000 years ago, but stolen from Israel in 2002.

The search for the coin began when the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) was told by informants that the coin had been taken by Palestinians from a hoard discovered in the Ella Valley, south of Jerusalem.

Stolen coin minted nearly 2,000 years ago worth $1 million has returned to Israel after years of hunting

The IAA says it spent the next ten years and six months trying to locate the piece, which passed through illicit antique markets in Israel, Jordan and the UK. It was eventually exported to the United States to be sold at an auction in Denver, Colorado in 2017.

The IAA alerted US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which then took administrative custody of the room. The investigation was passed to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit (ATU), which obtained a court order to repatriate the piece based on information from informants from five countries, with assistance from authorities in Europe and the Middle East.

Stolen coin minted nearly 2,000 years ago worth $1 million has returned to Israel after years of hunting

The coin was handed over on Monday, September 12, in a ceremony at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office attended by US and Israeli officials, including Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan.

“Today, we join our partners in returning an incredibly rare piece of Israel’s history, the quarter-shekel coin, a symbol of independence at the time from the Roman presence in what today is modern Israel,” HSI officer Ricky J Patel told the rally.

“A precious piece of history [is] I’m finally coming home”

The silver coin, engraved with Jewish motifs, is one of four known such coins. The IAA dated it to 69 AD – the fourth year of the Great Revolt.

The minting of such a coin was “in effect a declaration of independence by the Jews in the land of Israel, a declaration against the mighty empire that stood before them,” said Ilan Hadad of the IAA.

The Great Revolt saw a rebellion by Jews in Judea against the oppressive rule of the Romans, who had ended Jewish independence there a century earlier.

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