Israeli spelunkers find cache of 2,300-year-old coins and other rare objects

March 9, 2015 3:23 PM

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Israeli spelunkers find cache of 2,300-year-old coins and other rare objects

About a month following the discovery off the coast of Caesarea of the largest trove of gold coins in Israel, spelunkers have unearthed another treasure, this time in one of the country’s largest and well-hidden northern stalactite caves. Father and son members of the Israeli Caving Club Reuven Zakai and Hen Zakai, as well as their friend Lior Zhalony, discovered a cache of rare coins and silver and bronze objects that date back 2,300 years, according to a release from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Zakais and Halony were prepping for a caving club expedition to the cave, investigating the area for several hours. The younger Zakai, 21, crawled through one of the cave’s narrowest passageways when he found two silver coins that were later identified as being minted during Alexander the Great’...

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