Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Coins in Israel - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered 108 gold coins with an estimated value of half a million dollars, dating back to the time of the Crusades. According to Fox News, Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority along with Tel Aviv University were studying an ancient fortress that was once used by Crusaders in the mid 1200s, when they stumbled across the coins, engraved with religious blessings and names of legends. The coins were buried at that time, presumably, because one of the Crusaders hoped to dig them out later. The Chairman of Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University states the discovery is “one of the largest gold coin hoards discovered in a medieval site in the land of Israel”.
Recently, another news story revealed the unearthing of approximately 50,000 ancient Celtic and Roman coins, dating back to 1st century B.C near Jersey. The finding weighed nearly three quarters of a ton! Reg Mead and Richard Miles had been searching at this site for more than 30 years, based on a report involving a farmer who had once come across coins while working on his property.