Thousand Years Old Gold Coins In Jar Found In Israel

Gold coins and the broken jar (left) found in the site (Image: Israel Antiquities Authority, Reuters)

A group of young volunteers in Israel have unexpectedly discovered a large amount of ancient gold coins while conducting an archaeological exploration. They found total 425 coins in the spot which were sealed in a clay jar. The overall weight of the coins is around 845 grams.

Upon examining the coins it is found that they are approximately 1,100 years old and belonged to the ancient Islamic period. During that time the region was under the Abbasid caliphate.

Archaeologists are saying that in those times, with the overall value of the coins found yesterday, an entire luxurious house could be bought in any city of the caliphate.

Israel’s department of archaeology in a statement has commented, whoever was or were the owner of the jar containing 425 gold coins, for an unknown reason decided to bury the treasure. Probably they had plan to take the jar out in an appropriate time. The jar was even hold with a nail so that it can’t move from the spot it was buried.

The statement mentioned that discovering gold coins and that’s also in such a big number is very rare. Because anything made of gold are valuable in any time period. So whoever owns them, doesn’t usually intend to store them, but tries to sell those for notable profits or atleast convert them into something else.

The member of the exploration team who first noticed the jar full of gold coins told that he was digging the soil and suddenly saw something looking like thin shiny leaves. As he made a closer look on them, they appeared to be hundreds of gold coins kept in a broken jar.

An expert after examining the coins informed that among those 425 pieces, 270 coins are comparatively smaller in size. In those days, such small coins were made as ‘small changes’ of the regular size coins’ value.

He also told that in the collection, coin with the face of Byzantine Emperor Theophilos on it has also been found, probably minted in Constantinople. Which can be considered as a proof of the financial connection between the two rival empires.