Friday, 19 April 2019

Rare Byzantine gold coin found by schoolboys in Israel

A rare Byzantine gold coin has been found by a group of schoolboys in northern Israel. The coin was found along a stream in the Galilee region. The coin is a solidus minted by the emperor Theodosius II in Constantinople around 420–423 CE.

Theodosius II was named to the throne as an infant in 402 and ruled until 450 when he died in a riding accident.

A high quality (AU) Theodosius II solidus would expect to make at least $ 1500.