Buried treasure of 44 Byzantine gold cash present in nature reserve in Israel

Excavators in Israel have found a trove of 44 Byzantine gold cash and different valuables.

Cash from the hoard had been minted by the Byzantine Empire throughout the reign of Emperor Phocas (A.D. 602 to 610) and Emperor Heraclius (A.D. 610 to 641). The entire items of cash had been gold solidus cash, which had been widespread foreign money throughout the Byzantine period (circa A.D. 330 to 1453). Consultants from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) dated the newest cash within the cache to the time of the Muslim conquest of Byzantine Palestine, which occurred in A.D. 635, in accordance with a press release.

“Many of the cash are of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius,” Gabriela Bijovsky, a numismatic knowledgeable with the IAA, stated within the assertion. “And what’s notably fascinating is that in his early years as emperor, solely his portrait was depicted on the coin, whereas after a short while, the pictures of his sons additionally seem. One can really observe his sons rising up — from childhood till their picture seems the identical measurement as their father, who’s depicted with a protracted beard.”

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Researchers found the cash at Hermon Stream Nature Reserve in northern Israel, which was as soon as the location of the traditional metropolis of Banias (often known as Paneas or Panias) and at one time served as a cultic web site to Pan, a Greek god of fertility that was half human and half goat, in accordance with an article within the journal Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (opens in new tab). Christians consider it’s the web site the place “the Apostle Peter proclaimed Jesus to be the Christ,” in accordance with the assertion.

The coin stash was discovered lodged into the bottom of a stone wall and specialists assume it was left there by somebody who was fleeing throughout the Muslim conquest.

“The invention displays a particular second in time, after we can think about the proprietor concealing his fortune in the specter of struggle, hoping to return someday to retrieve his property,” Yoav Lerer, excavation director for the IAA, stated within the assertion. “Looking back, we all know that he was much less lucky.”


Along with the cash, researchers discovered constructing ruins; water channels and pipes; a kiln for making pottery; bronze cash; and fragments of pottery, glass and metallic artifacts.

“The invention of the coin hoard may make clear the economic system of the town of Banias over the last 40 years of Byzantine rule,” Lerer stated.


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