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Joseph’s Coin

Archeology continues to prove the veracity of the Biblical accounts. A recent discovery has verified the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery, only to see him rise to the heights of leadership in Egypt.

Egyptian archeologists, sifting through artifacts in the Museum of Egypt, came across a collection of 500 coins stored carelessly in closed boxes. The coins were originally classified as charms or ornaments. But a closer look revealed that these "charms"—of ivory, precious stones, gold, silver, copper—were in fact coins. They had two sides, like today’s coins, one side containing an inscription and the other side an image. The year they were minted was inscribed on the coins, as was their value. And they bore the image of the ruling Pharaoh.

One coin, however, bore another image. This coin has the name Joseph inscribed on it, in hieroglyphs, twice: once the original name, Joseph, and once his Egyptian name. Also on the coin is the image of a cow, symbolizing Pharaoh’s dream of the seven fat cows and the seven lean cows, which Joseph interpreted for him as representing seven good years to come followed by seven years of famine. For which wisdom Pharaoh made Joseph second-in-charge in Egypt, and gave him the task of preparing the land for the famine that did indeed come.

Reference: Wajih Al-Saqqar, "Leading Egyptian Daily ‘Al-Ahram’ Reports: Coins from Era of Biblical Joseph Found in Egypt," The Middle East Media Research Institute, memri.org (9/24/09)