Left and Center: Temple Mount Sifting Project; Right: Zev Radovan/Courtesy Temple Mount Sifting Project

SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD COINS. The earliest coins from the Temple Mount Sifting Project come from the fourth century B.C.E., such as the tiny silver coin (left) that depicts a barn owl and is inscribed with Yehud, the Hebrew word that refers to the province of Judah. The latest (middle) comes from 70 C.E., when the Romans destroyed the Temple. It is a quarter shekel and minted in the fourth year of the revolt.