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Archaeology news: Rare gold coins from Israel’s Islamic Period discovered in pottery jug

  • January 22, 2021

“The coins date to a relatively brief period, from the late 940s to the 970s CE.

“This was a time of radical political change, when control over Eretz Israel passed from the Sunni Abbasid caliphate, whose capital was Baghdad, Iraq, into the hands of its Shiite rivals – the Fatimid dynasty of North Africa, who conquered Egypt, Syria and Eretz Israel in those years.

“The profile of the coins found in the juglet are a near-perfect reflection of the historical events.”

Two of the gold coins were minted in Ramla, central Israel, during the reign of Caliph al-Muti (946 to 974 AD) and his regional governor, Abu ‛Ali al-Qasim ibn al-Ihshid Unujur (946 to 961 AD).

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