A Hiker Stumbled Across This Incredibly Rare 2000-Year-Old Gold Coin

A Hiker Stumbled Across This Incredibly Rare 2,000-Year-Old Gold Coin

Image Cache: Finding money on the floor is rarely this exciting. This single gold coin was discovered by a hiker and Israel's Antiquities Authority has since established that it's one of only two ever discovered. The coin is 2000 years old -- and, before you ask, priceless. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.

The coin dates to the year A.D. 107 and shows the Roman ruler Augusts. It was found in the Galilee region of Israel.


Image by AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

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    "shows the Roman ruler Augusts"


    Wonder why he was on a coin dated to 107 AD? Augustus was Emperor from 27 BC to 14 AD. 107 AD is during the reign of Trajan. Did the Romans commonly still mint gold coins with Augustus' face on them nearly a century after his death?

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