Just in time for the Hanukkah season, Israeli archaeologists make a discovery – extremely rare gold coins from the 11th century – that feels like a “small miracle.”
A treasure trove of 24 gold coins and a gold earring was recently discovered in a well-hidden bronze pot during ongoing excavation and conservation work in the ancient harbor of Caesarea. Found among the hoard of Fatimid dinars are six extremely rare 11th century Byzantine coins, of which less than a handful have been discovered in Israel…
The fleeing Caesarea residents whose treasure was recently discovered would have belonged to a wealthy Fatimid family, said Kool [Israel Antiquity Authority coin expert]. Because of the extreme rarity of the Byzantine empire coins, he speculated that it may have been a family of international merchants.
“A little vessel — albeit bronze — but full of Islamic and Christian coins found close to the Jewish feast of Hanukkah… I find it significant,” he said. “You can be cynical about it, but on the other hand, for us, in terms of the archaeology it’s a small miracle to find something like that.”