Jan 31, 2019 by Helena

Israeli Schoolkid Finds a Historic Coin On a Fieldtrip That's Connected To Acts 12

It was supposed to be just a fun school trip, but it turned into an ancient discovery. A student found 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).

Pictured on the coin are three stalks of grain and a royal canopy with the words "King Agrippa" engraved in it.

Agrippa refers to King Herod  Agrippa, who ruled ancient Judea from 41 A.D. to 44 A.D. 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.

The Israel Antiquities Authority's collection of National Treasures will hold the coin for now.

"This is a very meaningful find,"  said Hananya Hizmi, an officer in the archaeological unit of COGAT. "Every archaeological find has a story that sheds more light on the history of the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. Finds like these complete another part of the historical puzzle of our people."

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