‘Priceless’ Trove Of Ancient Gold Coins Discovered Off Coast Of Israel

Divers exploring an ancient Mediterranean harbor in Israel’s Caesarea National Park a few weeks ago discovered glittering treasure on the seabed — nearly 2,000 gold coins dating back more than 1,000 years.

The sunken treasure — which the divers handed over to the Israel Antiquities Authority — included coins of various denominations and sizes from the period of the Fatimid Caliphate, the Muslim dynasty that ruled in much of North Africa and the Middle East from 909 to 1171, Discovery News reported.

The treasure is being called the largest hoard of gold coins ever found in Israel.

“The coins are in an excellent state of preservation, and despite the fact they were at the bottom of the sea for about a thousand years, they did not require any cleaning or conservation intervention,” Robert Cole, an expert numismatist for the Authority, said in a written statement. “This is because gold is a noble metal and is not affected by air or water.”

Many of the coins were bent and exhibited bite marks. That suggests they were once closely examined by their owners or by merchants, Cole said.

Kobi Sharvit, director of the Authority’s marine archaeology unit, said —> Read More Here


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