Dick Hansom forwarded this BBC article on a recent find of Byzantine coins in Israel. Thanks.
Archaeologists in Israel say 44 pure gold coins dating to the 7th Century have been found hidden in a wall at a nature reserve.
Weighing about 170g, the hoard found at the Hermon Stream (Banias) site was hidden during the Muslim conquest of the area in 635, experts estimated.
They said the coins shed light on the end of the Byzantine rule in the area.
"We can imagine the owner concealing his fortune in the threat of war, hoping to return one day to retrieve his property," said Yoav Lerer, director of the excavation.
"In retrospect, we know that he was less fortunate."
Apart from the gold coins, the excavation - in a residential quarter of the ancient city - also uncovered the remains of buildings, water channels and pipes, bronze coins and much more, Israeli authorities said.
Dr Gabriela Bijovsky, a numismatic (currency) expert at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said some of the coins were of Emperor Phocas (602-610), but most were of his successor Heraclius.
Thanks also to Kavan Ratnatunga, Aaron Oppenheim, and Howard Berlin, who forwarded articles from other publications (linked below).
"I have got a coin of this era posted on my website, as one was found in Anuradhapura."
To visit the page on Kavan's website, see:
Constans II 641-668 CE
Byzantine Gold Solidus
To read the complete articles, see:
Gold coins hidden in 7th Century found in wall
Israel: Cache of 44 gold coins discovered hidden in wall
Cache of 44 Byzantine-era solid gold coins uncovered in Israeli nature reserve
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