A cache of gold dinars dating to the 9th century CE has been unearthed by a team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
The hoard, which includes seven gold dinars, was found in Yavne, a town in the Central District of Israel.
“We were surprised to discover a broken clay juglet containing gold coins,” the IAA archaeologists said.
“The excavations revealed an ancient industrial area which was active for several hundred years. The shiny treasure may have been a potter’s personal ‘piggy bank’.”
“I was in the middle of cataloging a large number of artifacts we found during the excavations when all of a sudden I heard shouts of joy,” added IAA archaeologist Dr. Liat Nadav-Ziv, co-director of the excavation.
“I ran towards the shouting and saw Marc Molkondov, a veteran archaeologist of the IAA, approaching me excitedly.”
“We quickly followed him to the field where we were surprised at the sight of the treasure. This is without a doubt a unique and exciting find especially during the Chanukah holiday.”