Early Islamic gold coins found in Israel...

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Early Islamic gold coins found in Israel

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:48 PM, 24 August 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A total of 425 early Islamic gold coins have been discovered in Israel. - Reports Associated Press (AP)

The discovery of a trove of early Islamic gold coins found during recent salvage excavations near the central city of Yavne, Israeli archaeologists announced on Monday.

In a joint statement, Israel Antiquities Authorities archaeologists Liat Nadav-Ziv and Elie Haddad said that the collection of 425 complete gold coins, most dating to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago, was a "extremely rare" find.

The trove, which was unearthed by youth volunteers, also included hundreds of smaller clippings from gold coins that would have served as smaller denominations. 

An initial analysis indicates the coins date from the late 9th century, considered the golden age of the Abbasid Caliphate that controlled most of the Near East and North Africa, said Robert Kool, a coin expert with the antiquities authority.

The discovery was among the largest caches of ancient coins found in Israel. In 2015, amateur divers found around 2,000 gold coins off the coast of the ancient port city of Caesarea dating to the Fatimid period in the 10th and 11th centuries.

"Hopefully the study of the hoard will tell us more about a period of which we still know very little," Kool said. - AP