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Police Weapons Search Yields Temple Coin Stash

reprinted from Arutz 7
February 3 2011/Shvat 29, 5771

Detectives from the Nahariya police station searched a suspect's private home Thursday for suspected illegal weapons, but instead of guns, they found a large hoard of ancient coins dating to Second Temple times, as well as other assorted ancient artifacts.   The coins appear to have been collected from numerous sites over a long period of time.

The police handed over the coins to the Crime Prevention Unit in the Israel Antiquities Authority, whose investigators will inspect the treasure trove and question the suspect regarding the places at which he found them. Police did not make clear whether the suspect will be charged with theft of antiquities. 

The house searched is located in the Arab village of Mazra'a, near Nahariya. A relative of the suspect who was at home when police arrived said that the coins belong to his father.

Police Find 2nd Temple-era Coins, Jugs During Arms Raid

reprinted from Jerusalem Post

Gallery: Antiquities were kept in a backyard in the Galilee village of Mazara, found while police looked for illegal arms.

Police officers stumbled on a large stash of jugs and coins dating back from the Second Temple era in the Galilee village of Mazara on Thursday, during an arms raid.

The archeological finds were kept in a yard belonging to family suspected by police of keeping arms.

"We're looking to see how it got to this yard," a Galilee police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post.

After finding the artifacts, a representative of the Israel Antiquities Authority was called out to the scene, and he dated the findings to the Second Temple period, the spokesman added.

The artifacts have been transferred to the Nahariya police station.

A father and his two sons were arrested from Mazara following the uncovering of the artifacts, Israel Radio reported. The police have said that they believe the coins and archeological pieces were collected from various historical sites around the country.



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