A HIKER in Israel has found a rare, 2000-year-old coin bearing the image of Emperor Augustus that is identical to one in the British Museum's collection Laurie Rimon was hiking with friends at an archaeological site in the eastern Galilee when she saw a shiny object in the grass. After realising it was a coin, the group's guide, Irit Zuk-Kovacsi contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority. Within hours, an IAA representative joined the group of hikers in the field and took possession of it. "It was not easy parting with the coin," Rimon said. "After all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future." It was quickly determined this was not just any coin. It dates to 107AD and was part of a series of nostalgic coins that Emperor Trajan minted and dedicated to the Roman emperors that ruled before him. The only other coin of this kind is believed to be the one held by the British Museum.