Israeli hiker finds rare, 2,000-year-old gold coin


spaminator
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Israeli hiker finds rare, 2,000-year-old gold coin
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 08:51 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, March 14, 2016 08:56 AM EDT
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Antiquities Authority says a hiker has found a rare, nearly 2,000-year-old gold coin.
The authority said Monday that the ancient coin appears to be only the second of its kind to have been found. It said London's British Museum possesses the other coin.
The coin, from the year A.D. 107, bears the image of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was minted as part of a series of coins honouring Roman rulers.
Antiquities Authority official Donald T. Ariel said the coin may have paid part of the salary of a Roman soldier.
The hiker, Laurie Rimon, happened upon the shiny coin on a recent walk in Israel's eastern Galilee region. The authority said she will receive a certificate of appreciation for handing over the coin.
A rare, nearly 2,000-year-old gold coin, at the Antiquities Authority office inside the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Monday, March 14, 2016. Israel's Antiquities Authority says a hiker has found a rare, nearly 2,000-year-old gold coin. The authority said Monday that the ancient coin appears to be only the second of its kind to have been found. It said London's British Museum possesses the other coin. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Blackleaf
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I wonder how much the British Museum will be willing to pay to get in possession of that coin. It'd be good to see both coins on display side by side.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I wonder how much the British Museum will be willing to pay to get in possession of that coin. It'd be good to see both coins on display side by side.

Why not just steal it, like everything else?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Why not just steal it, like everything else?

There are 8 million items in the British Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museum collections on Earth. I would wager two hundred and twenty million and fourteen pounds that almost none of it - or none of it - is "stolen."

But, as the British Museum is probably the greatest museum in the world - just as the British Library, also in London, is the biggest and best library in the world - it deserves to have such a magnificent piece of treasure as part of its vast collection.
 
Sons of Liberty
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You should rename the place Den of Thieves.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

You should rename the place Den of Thieves.

You should get over yourself.

You're just annoyed that you live in a country of second-rate museums.
 
MHz
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Underwater gold is said to be preserved perfectly, less abrasion I guess. Is this piece worth more than the gold it contains?

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

There are 8 million items in the British Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museum collections on Earth. I would wager two hundred and twenty million and fourteen pounds that almost none of it - or none of it - is "stolen."

It can't be both, all over the world would indicated the pieces originally came from someplace else, that is where the Museum should have been built. In your case it is stolen artifacts that are on public display with state of the art security so the public doesn't get too close.

Time to train dolphins and seals to start sniffing gold out and drop a beacon we can follow.. Flipper has flipped and is now a gold-digger. Corn fed too.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Underwater gold is said to be preserved perfectly, less abrasion I guess. Is this piece worth more than the gold it contains?

Gold doesn't rust or tarnish so gold discovered under the ground is still shiny and new looking.

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In your case it is stolen artifacts that are on public display with state of the art security so the public doesn't get too close.

And what "stolen" artefacts are these?

How can you have an Ancient Egypt section at a museum without actually having anything in it from Ancient Egypt?
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

And what "stolen" artefacts are these?

How can you have an Ancient Egypt section at a museum without actually having anything in it from Ancient Egypt?

Pictures?? Lots and lots of pictures from all over the place.

Then sell tickets to groups to go to Egypt if they want to touch it for themselves.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Pictures?? Lots and lots of pictures from all over the place.

Then sell tickets to groups to go to Egypt if they want to touch it for themselves.

So you want people to turn up at museums to look at photographs of ancient artefacts rather than the real things?
 
MHz
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Sell them tickets to the place they were found, at group rates. You would cater to a lot more people as you could have a wing in every museum in the world for the tours you can supply, rather than coming to London.This is 2016 not 1816 or 2016

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

So you want people to turn up at museums to look at photographs of ancient artefacts rather than the real things?

Look is look, with the pictures there could be videos and audio teaching aids so you could read the writing on the wall if that is what appealed to you. I'm pretty sure somebody could come up with a holographic dino series where the same big room showed all the various species in animated form down to bones and flesh layers. T-Rex chasing down a cheetah would be one such animation. Today it probably looks the same as it did in 1816, only better security.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

You should get over yourself.

Pot calling kettle black maybe?

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

You're just annoyed that you live in a country of second-rate museums.

Thank God not all British people are like you.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Pot calling kettle black maybe?

I disagree.


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Thank God not all British people are like you.

But thank God most of them are.
 
MHz
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So a 3D printer is about all I need to add wear marks to some blanks and coat them in gold and collect a 'haul' as far as certain circles are concerned. 50 years too late.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

You should get over yourself.

You're just annoyed that you live in a country of second-rate museums.

Yeah? Of the top ten museums in the world two of them are in the US. The Den of Thieves ranks lower than the Parthenon Museum in Athens, you know, the place where you stole the marbles from.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Yeah? Of the top ten museums in the world two of them are in the US. The Den of Thieves ranks lower than the Parthenon Museum in Athens, you know, the place where you stole the marbles from.

Let me guess ...

The World Baseball Museum

The Colt Six Shooter Collection
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Yeah? Of the top ten museums in the world two of them are in the US.

Britain has twice as many museums in the Top 28 most visited museums in the world than the US has. I like to think the British consume a lot more high culture than the Americans do.

The British are certainly the most cultured of all Europeans, with a greater enthusiasm for opera than the Italians and a higher art gallery attendance than the French.

According to a Eurobarometer survey of 27,000 people from across the European Union, Britons are better read, more engaged in history and more likely to partake in cultural events, such as the theatre or the ballet, than the average EU citizen.

Despite having some of the most famous art galleries in the world, only 37 per cent of French people and 30 per cent of Italians said they had visited a museum or gallery in the past year - compared to 52 per cent of Britons.

Likewise, Italy may be the home of opera, but only 17 per cent of Italians said they had seen either an opera or a ballet in the past year - compared to 22 per cent of Briton.

Britain, the land of Shakespeare, also has one of the largest theatre going publics in Europe, with 39 per cent of Britons saying they had attended a play in the last 12 months - well above the average of 28 per cent, with a Briton almost twice as likely to be found inside a playhouse as a Frenchman.

Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of Britons have visited a historical monument or site over the last year compared 54 per cent of the French, or 41 per cent of Italians.

In recession hit Greece, the home of the Parthenon and Acropolis, visits to historical monuments have collapsed to under half the EU average.

Four fifths of Britons (80 per cent) had read a book in the last year, well above the EU literature league average of 68 per cent, just beating the Germans (79 per cent), the French (73 per cent) and comfortably out reading the Italians (56pc).

In Greece and Portugal, with both countries on the verge of political and economic collapse, only half the population have picked up a book over the last year.

British people more cultured than European average, finds EU survey - Telegraph


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The Den of Thieves ranks lower than the Parthenon Museum in Athens, you know, the place where you stole the marbles from.

The British Museum is the third most-visited museum in the world behind the Palace Museum in Beijing and the Louvre in Paris. In 2015, more people visited the British Museum than visited Belgium.

As for the Parthenon Museum, such an establishment doesn't exist except in your mind.

As far as I could see during my research, no Greek museum is in something like the Top 50 most visited museums in the world.
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Sons of Liberty
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The British Museum is the third most-visited museum in the world behind the Palace Museum in Beijing and the Louvre in Paris. In 2015, more people visited the British Museum than visited Belgium.

Well Brits revel in going to the Den of Thieves to see recently stolen artifacts, how else would you keep up the illusion of grandeur?

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

As for the Parthenon Museum, such an establishment doesn't exist excet in your mind.

Top 10 Museums and Galleries -- National Geographic
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Well Brits revel in going to the Den of Thieves to see recently stolen artifacts, how else would you keep up the illusion of grandeur?

It's not just Brits who go. People from all over the world flock to the British Museum to see its myriad of treasures, making it the third most visited museum in the world after the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City and the Louvre in Paris (which is also famous for its range of ancient artefacts from around the world).

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Top 10 Museums and Galleries -- National Geographic

Top 10 Museums and Galleries only in the opinion of the second-rate National Geographic magazine, but that list in no way reflects the numbers of visitors to each museum.

The New Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009 in Athens, is failing to attract visitors. The old Acropolis Museum attracted just 1.5 million visitors a year. The little boy-loving Greeks hope their New Acropolis Museum will at least double that figure. However, the museum has consistently failed to fulfill such expectations. In fact, in its first four years, just 5.4 million people visited the New Acropolis Museum, less than what the British Museum gets each YEAR.

In fact, judging by comments on websites from people who have actually visited it, the New Acropolis Museum is "stark, uninformative and unwelcoming."

It seems that the New Acropolis Museum is a one trick pony, a building primarily intended to repatriate the Marbles from London - Marbles which belong to the British Museum - rather than meaningfully engage with the paying public.

It's no wonder people would rather go to the British Museum to see treasures like the Marbles than go to the New Acropolis Museum. The British Museum is more engagingly displayed and, like all state-owned museums in Britain, is free. It's not hard to see why more people visit the British Museum each year than visited the New Acropolis Museum in its first four years in total.

That National Geographic list of its "Top 10 Museums and Galleries" is really just a load of old bollocks. As I've already pointed out, no Greek museums are even in the Top 50 of most visited museums in the world, so the New Acropolis Museum can't be anywhere near as good as National Geographic says it is.
 
Sons of Liberty
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I'm not surprised
 
Ludlow
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I found a French coin out in the woods in the Missouri Ozarks but it wasn't worth anything. I'm looking for a 1943s copper penny that sucker is worth some bucks. If I find a rare coin ill sell that sum beech faster than a cat can lick his a$$
 
MHz
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Maybe Israel will find a secret cave under the Dome of the Rock that is all the treasures from the Jewish Temple from 70AD. (3D printed in reality)
 
Jinentonix
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It's mine. I dropped it last time I was vacationing there.
 
Blackleaf
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Excuse the spelling mistake:

 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Excuse the spelling mistake:

Hey you dumbazz where did these Europeans come from that stole the land from the natives ??? You pricks never could just stay where you were at you infected every part of the world. I will admit a small portion came from Spain but the majority of the thieves were British who changed their names to "Americans".
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Hey you dumbazz where did these Europeans come from that stole the land from the natives ??? You pricks never could just stay where you were at you infected every part of the world. I will admit a small portion came from Spain but the majority of the thieves were British who changed their names to "Americans".

He's the dumba$$? Wow talk about an epic history failure. Looks like it's pretty even between the Brits, the French and the Spanish when it comes down to who took what in the way of land.