A rare ancient Roman coin - the second of its kind now known to exist - has been found in Israel by a hiker, authorities said Monday.
The coin bears the image of Emperor Augustus and dates back to 107 A.D. It was part of a series of nostalgic coins that Emperor Trajan minted and dedicated to the Roman emperors that ruled before him.
According to a statement by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the only other such coin currently known to the world is on display at the British Museum in London.
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Laurie Rimon was hiking with a group of friends in the eastern Galilee region when she spotted a shiny object in the grass.
Danny Syon, a coin expert at the Israel Antiquities Authority, described the nearly 2,000-year-old coin as "rare on a global level."
"On the reverse, we have the symbols of the Roman legions next to the name of the ruler Trajan, and on the obverse, instead of an image of Emperor Trajan, as was usually the case, there is the portrait of the emperor ‘Augustus Deified'," Syon said.