Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 5:
Excavation Report 2007–2013, The Numismatic Finds: Coins and Related
by Yoav Farhi (with
contributions by C. Lorber, S. Shalev and S. Shilstein) Jerusalem, 2016.
Israel Exploration Society
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More than 600 coins and related
objects were found at Khirbet Qeiyafa during the 2007–2013 excavation
seasons. The earliest coins date from the end of the sixth century BCE
and the latest from the British Mandate. These coins almost all relate
to three phases in the history of the site following the Iron Age
occupation: the Late Persian–Early Hellenistic period (late fourth–early
third centuries BCE), the Hasmonaean period up to the destruction of the
Second Temple (first century BCE–first century CE) and the Late Roman
and Byzantine periods (fourth–fifth centuries CE).
The numismatic finds from the
Persian–Early Hellenistic period
are extraordinary in their amount and rarity and include many types that
were hitherto unknown from controlled excavations. The variety of coins
that were found – imported Archaic and Classical Greek coins, coins from
Phoenicia, local coins from mints in Jerusalem, Philistia, Samaria and
possibly Edom, as well as Macedonian and Ptolemaic coins – contributes a
great deal to our knowledge of the monetary economy of Judaea and its
neighbours during the transition from the Persian to the Hellenistic
The exposure of this stratum and
its numerous small finds is of great significance for the study of the
transition from the Persian to the Hellenistic period in this region,
since no site exposed so far in Israel in general, or in this region in
particular, contains a comparable single-period occupation stratum that
can be so precisely dated to this period.