Israel: Coins of the Abbasi Caliphate discovered during excavations

Pukhtun Nama News

Gold coins used during the Abbasi Caliphate have been discovered in Israel.

According to the Associated Press, Israeli archaeologists said Monday they found the coins during excavations in the central Israeli city of Yavon.

The number of gold coins is said to be 425.

According to experts, the coins belong to the Abbasi Caliphate and are about eleven hundred years old.

Hundreds of small pieces of gold have been found along with the coins, which experts estimate will be used as a low-value currency.

Robert Cole, an ancient coin expert, has estimated from preliminary analysis that the coins date back to the 9th century, during the Abbasi caliphate.

This collection of ancient coins is one of the largest deposits discovered in Israel.

Earlier in 2015, amateur divers found 2,000 such ancient gold coins off the coast of the ancient port of Caesarea, dating to the Fatimid period of the 10th and 11th centuries.

“This hoarding of coins will give us an opportunity to learn more about an age we know very little about,” said Robert Cole, an antique coin expert.

It may be recalled that the Abbasi Caliphate began in 750 AD and declined in 1258 AD. Abu al-Abbas al-Safa was the first caliph of this period. Most of today’s Middle East and North Africa were under the control of the Abbasi Caliph.