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Hidden Islamic treasure with 425 pure gold coins found in Israel

Jerusalem / Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed a hidden Islamic treasure containing 425 pure gold coins from the Abbasid Caliphate period, 1,100 years ago, reported the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The treasure was hidden buried in a clay pot and contains 425 coins, mostly from the Abbasid period. The person who buried it, eleven hundred years ago, should have hoped to recover it, and even closed the vessel with a nail so that it would not move, “explained Liat Nadav-Ziv and Elie Haddad, the archaeologists in charge of the excavation, in a statement. .

Finding this considerable quantity of gold coins is extremely rare. We hardly ever find them in archaeological excavations. Since gold has always been extremely valuable, it was melted down and reused, from generation to generation. These coins are made of pure gold, so they do not oxidize in the air, they have been found in excellent condition, as if they had been buried yesterday ”, they add.

The discovery, they believe, may be indicative that there was international trade between this area and other more remote areas.

24 karat gold coins

AAI coin expert Robert Kool notes that “it is extremely rare to find treasures from the Abbasid period in excavations in Israel, especially gold coins. This one, from the end of the 9th century BC, is one of the oldest found. The coins are 24-karat gold and the total weight of the treasure is 845 grams, a significant amount of money in those days. ”

With that sum, he estimates, its owner could have bought a luxurious house in the best neighborhoods of Fustat, the capital of Egypt at the time.

“Most of the coins date from that century, when the Abbasid Caliphate stretched from Persia in the east to North Africa in the west, and whose center of government was in Baghdad, present-day Iraq.

The hidden treasure contains gold dinars, but also some 270 small pieces of dinars cut to serve as bargains.

“Cutting gold and silver coins was used routinely in the monetary system in Islamic countries after 850 BC, when bronze and copper coins suddenly disappeared,” explains Kool. (August 26, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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un tesoro ha sido encontrado por unos arqueólogos israelíes.
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un grupo de arqueólogos asegura que ese tesoro fue enterrado recientemente en Israel.
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un grupo de arqueólogos trabajan para hallar un tesoro que podría haberse escondido en Israel hace un par de siglos.
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todas las monedas de oro halladas estaban dentro de una arqueta.
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los arqueólogos no creen que alguien escondiera ese tesoro con intención de recuperarlo después.
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es muy poco frecuente que se encuentren tantas monedas de esas características en una excavación en Israel.
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se han encontrado en muy buen estado de conservación.
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no son muy valiosas a pesar de ser de oro puro.
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estaban oxidadas a causa del paso del tiempo.
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los arqueólogos desmienten que hubiera alguna moneda del periodo Abasí.
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es posible que hubiera comercio internacional en la zona en que fueron halladas esas monedas.
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esas monedas pertenecen al siglo nueve de nuestra era.
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escondió ese tesoro hace poco más de un milenio.
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no se hubiera podido comprar una casa lujosa con esas monedas de oro.
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puso un clavo a la vasija ya que estaba un poco rota.
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se desmiente que esas monedas fueran utilizadas en la Antigua Roma.
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hasta ese momento no se había encontrado un tesoro de tal magnitud en esa zona.
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se descarta la posibilidad de que esas monedas fueran los ahorros de una persona.
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