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Early Islamic gold coins found in Israel

Israeli archaeologists announced on Monday they have discovered  a trove of early Islamic gold coins during recent salvage excavations near the central city of Yavne, reports AP.

The collection of 425 complete gold coins, most dating to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago, was an “extremely rare” find, Israel Antiquities Authorities archaeologists Liat Nadav-Ziv and Elie Haddad said in a joint statement.

The trove, which was unearthed by youth volunteers, also included hundreds of smaller clippings from gold coins that would have served as smaller denominations.

Robert Kool, a coin expert with the antiquities authority, said an initial analysis indicates the coins date from the late 9th century, considered the golden age of the Abbasid Caliphate that controlled most of the Near East and North Africa.

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