Hasmonean estate house
Aerial photograph of the agricultural estate house in Modi'in, Israel, dating back to the Hasmonean period — 140 BCE to 116 BCE — where the hidden collection of coins was found.
Cache of coins
The cache of silver coins was discovered concealed in a rocky niche in a wall of the ancient estate house, in Modi'in, Israel.
A handful of silver
Archaeologists found 16 silver coins in a hidden cache. They date back to 126 BCE and were stamped with images of King Antiochus VII and his brother, Demetrius II.
Uncovering the hoard
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologist Shahar Krispin, during the discovery of the silver coin hoard.
Retrieving the coins
IAA archaeologist Shahar Krispin examines the cache of coins — concealed for more than 2,000 years — which included shekels and half-shekels (tetradrachms and didrachms).
King Antiochus VII
A coin of Antiochus VII, and the rest of the coins that were discovered in the hidden cache, which archaeologists say were likely minted in Tyre, a Phoenician port city.
A chalk cup from the time of the Second Temple period
IAA archaeologist Jenny Marcus holds a chalk cup from the time of the Second Temple — 530 BCE to 70 BCE — which was unearthed in the estate house. According to Jewish law, vessels made of chalk cannot become ritually unclean.
A place to hide
Abraham Tendler, the excavation director, inside a hiding refuge that was connected to a ritual bath known as a (miqwe), during the Bar Kokhba uprising (132 CE to 136 CE).