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September 02, 1994 - Image 95

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-02

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Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.
MR. AND MRS. IRVING
WEItiGARDEN

Azinn

Silver Coins
Are Found

A trove of silver coins from the
Hellenistic period, One of the
largest treasures of its type ever
found in Israel, was discovered off
the Haifa coast by the Marine Di-
vision of the Israel Antiquities Au-
thority (IAA). The find includes a
mass of coins weighing approxi-
mately 21 kilograms and some
1,800 other coins weighing rough-
ly another 20 kg. The coins,
known as tetradrachmas, were all
minted in Paphos in the year 145
BC, during the reign of Emperor
Ptolemy VI Philometor.

111111 TM'?

to all
our friends
and relatives.
MR. AND MRS. ABRAM
WEBERMAN

YaTan nalz

i1lt13"2

to all
our friends
and relatives.
SYLVIA AND JACK TAYLOR

Iaran inn

intir2

to all
our friends
and relatives.
RUTH AND MARVIN WAIN

Best wishes for a

happy, healthy
New Year.

MAC AND RUTH WAXER

larogn nalla

illt13"2

to all
our friends
and relatives.
ROZ AND JERRY
WEISBERG

1111'311 111111

to all
our friends
and relatives.
MARLENE, BERNARD,
MICHAEL, KENNETH,
ALYSSA TOFT

larITI Tana

tll

to all
our friends
and relatives.
ZITA AND LEO WEBER

A trove of silver coins.

The obverse of each coin bears
the portrait of the emperor, on the
reverse is a large eagle, the sym-
bol of the Ptolemaic emperors.
The mint mark and the year of
mintage appear next to the eagle.
These coins were very valuable
in the Hellenistic period; the
archive of Xenon, a Greek who
lived in Egypt in the third centu-
ry BCE, explains that the daily
wage of an ordinary hired soldier
was one-fourth of a silver
tetradrachma.
In the first and second centuries
BCE Coele-Syria, as the country
was known, played an important
role in the economy of the Ptole-
maic empire, as the transit routes
from the Far East crossed it.
Large merchant vessels plied the
country's coast bearing slaves, live
oil, wine, wheat and other grains.
Ya'akov Sharvit, a marine ar-
chaeologist with the IAA, notes
that the coins found off the Haifa
coast belonged to the cargo of a
ship that had sailed north from
Egypt and foundered near Haifa.
Sharvit believes that the Cache of
coins probably represented either
payment for goods and slaves car-
ried by a coastal merchant ves-
sel or the wages of ptolemy's hired
soldiers. Historical sources make
it clear that the alliance between
the Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt and
the ruler of Coel-Syria broke up in
146 BCE, whereupon Ptolemy's
troops advanced up the coast of
Coele-Syria.

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

STEVEN, MERLE AND
MICHAEL BAND

KARL AND ESTHER
GUTMAN

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity.

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

Best wishes for a

happy, healthy
New Year.

DAVE AND EDITH AGAUAS

DR. KATHIE AND
MIWCENT ALLEN

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.
EVELYN AND AL BROOK

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.
HENIA AND MIRIAM CIESLA

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.

!CAL AND ADA BANDALENE
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.
MRS. BEN BENESON AND FAMILY

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

JOSEPH AND RENA BERMAN

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

SAM'AND MINNIE BERMAN

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness and prosperity for
all our
family and friends.

SHARON AND NORMAN GORNBEIN AND
YOUR FRIENDS AT NORMAN'S JEWELRY
AND LOAN, INC.

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