Teenagers Unearthed A Trove of 1,000-year-old Gold Coins in Israel
Two teenagers in Israel have unearthed hundreds of gold coins stashed away in a clay vessel for more than a thousand years.
In the Facebook page of Israel Antiquities Authority, they shared how young people in Israel dug a clay vessel containing many coins made of gold. The youths are volunteers at an excavation site where they plan to build some households.
According to the post, it reached 425 pieces of 24-karat gold coins with a total weight of 845 grams and was estimated buried about 1,100 years ago. Oz Cohen, one of the teenagers, said that he thought he had dug leaves.
“When I looked again I saw these were gold coins. It was really exciting to find such a special and ancient treasure,” he said.
The gold coins are said to date back to the 9th century when the region was still under the Islamic Abbasid Caliphate which ruled Algeria and Afghanistan at that time.
One of the coins can be considered very rare and important because it has the face of Byzantine emperor Theophilos and was probably sunk in nearby Constantinople, the capital of the empire.
Based on the value of the coins found, it is said that it could buy a large and expensive house in Fustat, the so-called rich capital of Egypt, said Robert Kool, a coin expert.
They did not understand why the owner buried the treasure inside and even nailed it to the side to keep it from moving. It is also surprising that someone who buried it had never returned to claim it.
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