Rare gold coins were discovered in the ancient Israeli port city of Caesarea, according to reports published this week. The coins are believed to have been hidden about 900 years ago.

Some 24 coins apparently were hidden by someone who may have wanted to retrieve them, but they never got them back, the BBC reported on Dec. 3.

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A picture taken on December 3, 2018, shows ancient gold coins recently uncovered at an excavation site in the Israeli Mediterranean town of Caesarea. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Archaeologists say the owner might have been killed when Crusaders invaded the area in 1101 AD.

Among the hoard of coins are Fatimid dinars and rare 111th-century Byzantine coins, the Times of Israel noted.

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A picture taken on Dec. 3, 2018, shows an ancient gold earring recently uncovered at an excavation site in the Israeli Mediterranean town of Caesarea. A treasure of 24 rare gold coins consisting of 18 Fatimid dinars, which were the standard local currency during that time (909-1171), as well as six Byzantine coins, which include five dating to the era of Byzantine Emperor Michael VII Doukas (1071-1078), was recently uncovered in Caesarea. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

“On the whole they are very, very rare,” said Israel Antiquity Authority expert Dr. Robert Kool in the Times of Israel report. “These coins usually did not travel beyond the political borders of the Byzantine Empire.”

During the Crusader war, the ruling Fatimid empire was routed and people were massacred or taken as slaves, the Times noted.

 

For nearly 1,000 years, the bronze pot that held the coins was situated between stones in a five-foot-deep watering hole.

 

“The people broke a piece of ceramic and put it in as a stop-gap lid so the coins wouldn’t fall out,” said Kool to the publication. “It really seems to add up to the Crusader conquest, which was a pretty dramatic event.”

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A picture taken on December 3, 2018, shows ancient gold coins and an earring recently uncovered at an excavation site in the Israeli Mediterranean town of Caesarea.  (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A statement from Israeli researchers said the finding might “link the treasure to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the most dramatic events in the medieval history of the city,” SBS News reported.

“According to contemporary written sources, most of the inhabitants of Caesarea were massacred by the army of Baldwin I (1100–1118), king of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem,” officials said.

“It is reasonable to assume that the treasure’s owner and his family perished in the massacre or were sold into slavery, and therefore were not able to retrieve their gold.”

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This picture taken on December 3, 2018 shows recently-uncovered gold coins dating back to the Muslim Fatimid (AD 909-1171) and Byzantine eras (AD 1071-1078) (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The coins and related treasures are being displayed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the BBC reported.

The finding is in a location where two other treasures from the same Crusades era were discovered, the Jerusalem Post noted. A golden pot with silver jewelry was discovered there in the 1960s. Meanwhile, bronze vessels were also found in the same area 30 years later.

Other details about the finding are not clear.

Published with permission from The Epoch Times

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