9,999 Ancient Gold Coins Linked to Alexander the Great Unearthed in Corinth, Greece

Stories about “treasures” buried in secret places often arouse public curiosity. However, they are rarely true but are usually just made-up stories.

Recently, archaeologists in Israel found a “treasure” of many pure gold coins, weighing about 170 grams, with images of the emperors Phocas (602-610 AD) and Heraclius (610-644 AD).

Experts believe they were hidden during the Muslim conquest of the area around the year 635. The gold coins were found in the Hermón Stream nature reserve in northern Israel, where ancient Banias and a place of worship dedicated to the god Pan, the half-man, half-goat deity symbolizing fertility, were once located.

Israeli archaeologists have found 44 pure gold coins dating back to the Byzantine period, hidden in a wall in a nature reserve. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Archaeologists are known to hypothesize that someone who lived during this period buried these coins while fleeing Muslim invaders, hoping to one day return.

Yoav Lerer, director of the excavation, said: “The discovery reflects a special moment when the owner of the treasure was trying to hide his wealth when the war was about to break out, hoping to return one day.”

The coins also reveal new details about the economy during the last 40 years of the Byzantine dynasty in the region. The Byzantine Empire, centered in Istanbul, was a continuation of the Roman Empire after its fall in the West following the sack of Rome by barbarian tribes in 410 AD. The Eastern Empire would last another 1,000 years but lost some of its provinces to conquests, including Muslims in the 7th century, around the time when coins were buried in the walls.

“The majority of the coins belong to the Byzantine emperor Heraclius,” Gabriela Bijovsky, an expert on ancient coins, shared with the media. “What is especially interesting is that during his first years as emperor, only his portrait was depicted on the coins, while shortly afterwards images of his children also appeared,” Bijovsky said.

Experts estimate that the coins were hidden during the Muslim conquest of the region in 635. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Remains of pottery kilns, buildings, water channels, and other coins were also found. At that time, Banias played an important spiritual role in several cultures. The site reached its peak in the early Roman period under Herod and his son Philip II, who renamed it Caesarea in honor of the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus.

According to Christian tradition, this is where Saint Peter declared Jesus the Son of God before receiving the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

Banias is located in the area known as the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed, fueling settlements and a thriving tourism industry. Former President Donald Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the area in 2019, sparking strong protests from Damascus, but the rest of the international community considers the territory occupied by Israel.

Related Posts

Abrazando la Humanidad: Joven Muestra Compasión a Perro Sufriente Mientras Otros Ignoran

Con lágrimas en los ojos, fuimos testigos de cómo tiraban a un perro flaco y enfermo como si fuera basura. Pero justo cuando pensábamos que toda esperanza se había perdido, apareció un ángel de la guarda y le dio a este perro pobre la oportunidad de una nueva vida. Cuando este jovencito finalmente fue…

Read more

Perro Leal Busca a su Dueña Fallecida por Dos Años en Desgarradora Historia de Devoción

Los vecinos dijeron que el perro llevaba mucho tiempo deambulando, aunque sus débiles patas apenas podían mantenerlo firme. Los transeúntes no podían apartar la vista del perro y se preguntaban qué estaba buscando. Resultó que no era un callejero; su casa …

Read more

Desgarrador: Perro Abandonado en Vertedero Encuentra Nueva Vida Gracias a Compasivo Recolector

Hace un par de meses la Liga Del Cabo trajo consigo una gran esperanza en el caso más triste que se haya visto. Un hombre codiciaba ser Trapi y Barletta en Italia y eligió algo más aterrador. Al costado de la carretera había una maleta destruida y…

Read more

Desgarradora Historia: Perro Necrosado por Crueldad Rescatado a Tiempo

El incidente ocurrió en el área urbana de Viet Sinh An Binh, ciudad de Ba Tri, distrito de Ba Tri, Ben Tre. Según Nguyen Dien, el autor de la foto, que también descubrió al perro, alrededor de las 11:45 am del 21 de julio, mientras tomaba fotografías al aire libre para los invitados,…

Read more

Una conmovedora historia sobre un perro que protegió a su amigo cuando falleció

Es destacable el insuperable instinto protector que tienen estos animales. Es inmediatamente evidente cómo las personas que sólo ven el brillo de los demás experimentan un cambio y aprenden un poco más sobre estos maravillosos seres. Cuando realmente te das cuenta de que necesitas ayuda,…

Read more

21 Playful Butterfly Nail Ideas for a Spring Manicure

@POP_POLISHED  / INSTAGRAM When we think of  Y2K nail trends , butterfly manis instantly come to mind. And like most early aughts beauty trends, this insect-inspired nail look has returned to the spotlight once more. These days, butterfly manicures are …

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *