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Rare Roman Coin Found at Mount Zion Dig

UNC Charlotte's team that has conducted archaeological excavations on Mount Zion in Jerusalem announced the discovery of a rare gold coin bearing the image of the Roman Emperor Nero.

"The coin is exceptional, because this is the first time that a coin of this kind has turned up in Jerusalem in a scientific dig. Coins of this type are usually only found in private collections, where we don’t have clear evidence as to place of origin," said Shimon Gibson, co-director of the excavation and a visiting professor at UNC Charlotte.

The gold coin (aureus) bears the bare-headed portrait of the young Nero as Caesar. The lettering around the edge of the coin reads "NERO CAESAR AVG IMP." On the reverse of the coin is a depiction of an oak wreath containing the letters "EX S C," with the surrounding inscription "PONTIF MAX TR P III." Importantly, these inscriptions help to work out the date when the coin was struck as 56/57 A.D. Identification of the coin was made by the historian and numismatist David Jacobson from London.

Fall Plant Sale Scheduled for Oct. 14-15

Autumn is a great time to plant in anticipation of spring blossoms, and the annual UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, cool weather annuals and native plants.

The sale is scheduled for 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, at the McMillan Greenhouse. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Sale proceeds support operations of the gardens and greenhouse.

Members of the campus community and stewards of the Botanical Gardens can attend a preview sale from noon to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13.