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Largest cache of 2,000-year-old Jewish rebel coins found in cave

A huge cache of coins from the period of the Jewish revolt against the Romans has been found.

Some 120 gold, silver and bronze coins were found hidden in a cave outside Jerusalem believed to have been used by Jewish fighters loyal to the rebel Shimon Bar-Kokhba, who opposed Roman rule in the biblical kingdom of Judea from A.D. 132 to 135.

“This discovery verifies the assumption that the refugees of the revolt fled to caves in the center of a populated area in addition to the caves found in more isolated areas of the Judean desert,” Associate Professor Amos Frumkin said today in an e- mailed statement from the university.

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