What started out as a fun school trip quickly turned into an ancient discovery.
A student stumbled upon a rare Second Temple-era coin during a hike in Samaria last week, according to a statement from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The coin was uncovered on the eastern side of the Shiloh stream.
When the student found the coin, the group leader contacted the COGAT to examine it.
Pictured on the coin are three stalks of grain and a royal canopy with the words "King Agrippa" engraved on it.
"Agrippa" refers to Herod Agrippa, who ruled ancient Judea from A.D. 41 to 44. He was King Herod the Great's grandson and the father of Herod Agrippa II, who became the last king of the Herodian Dynasty.
Herod Agrippa is the King Herod named in Acts 12. According to Acts, King Agrippa persecuted the church in Jerusalem. He imprisoned Peter and had James killed.
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