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19.02.2015

Largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel

Amateur divers made the discovery accidentally.

Israel on Wednesday unveiled the largest collection of medieval gold coins ever found in the country, accidentally discovered by amateur divers and dating back about a thousand years.

The find was made two weeks ago near the port city of Caesarea and consists of about 2,000 coins, weighing about 13 pounds, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

The coins were probably swept up in recent storms, said Kobi Sharvit, director of the authority’s marine archaeology unit, adding that they provided “fascinating and rare historical evidence” from the Fatimid era in the 10th and 11th centuries.

The divers initially thought they had spotted toy coins from a game but later showed a few of them to officials.

Source: Associated Press

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