Trove of coins unearthed in Israel, traced back to 9th century

Trove of coins unearthed in Israel, traced back to 9th century

- Israeli teenagers have been able to dig up 24-carat gold coins that were buried over 1 000 years ago

- The value of the currency could have been able to buy an expensive house during its time

- While the identity of the owner remains unknown, the number of gold coins was put at 425

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Some Israeli youths on Tuesday, August 18, dug up hundreds of gold coins that were buried in a clay vessel for more than a thousand years.

Reuters reports that the Israel Antiquities Authority confirmed that volunteering teenagers at an excavation discovered them at a site where a new neighbourhood was about to be built.

“The person who buried this treasure 1,100 years ago must have expected to retrieve it and even secured the vessel with a nail so that it would not move. We can only guess what prevented him from returning to collect this treasure,” Liat Nadav-Ziv, the excavation director said.

As at the time of writing this report, nobody knows the owner of the treasure as Oz Cohen, one of the volunteers, said that the discovery was really amazing.

“I dug in the ground and when I excavated the soil, saw what looked like very thin 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 24-carat pure gold coins date back to as far back as the ninth century known as the Abbasid Caliphate period. Robert Kool, a coin expert, said that the money could have been a big money during its time.

He added that such an amount could buy a luxurious home in one of the best places in Fustat, a rich capital in Egypt in the olden days.

A picture showing the dug up gold coins. Photo source: Reuters

A picture showing the dug up gold coins. Photo source: Reuters
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Christie’s house auctioned the ‘stolen statues' which Nigerian officials claimed were taken during the civil war in the 1960s.

This was after Nigeria’s National Commission for Museum and Monument asked that Christie stop the sale of the artefacts collected by art dealer and adviser of late French President Jacques Chirac.

But in June, the house sold Igbo statues for $239,000. However, a very popular Urhobo statue which was valued at $1 million did not sell.

The head of the National Museum in Nigeria’s Benin City, Theophilus Umogbai, said that the works have to be given back to Nigeria and interest paid.

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