Archaeologists find over 250 7th century coins in Jerusalem's Old City

Archaeologists said they have unearthed more than 250 gold coins from the seventh century on the edge of Jerusalem's Old City. A British tourist volunteering at the dig discovered the trove on Sunday. Israel's Antiquities Authority said the Byzantine-period hoard was found in the ruins of a building where a striking 2,000-year-old gold earring from the Roman era was dug up last month. The site is located in a parking lot alongside the city's southern wall. The coins bear the image of the Byzantine emperor Heraclius, who ruled between 610 and 641 AD, depicted wearing military dress and holding a cross in his right hand. A statement Monday said the coins had likely been hidden in a niche in one of the building's walls.