Israeli archaeologists have found four gold coins from the tenth century in occupied East Jerusalem near the Western Wall, “Al-Buraq”, dating back to the Fatimid era.
Israeli archaeologists have discovered four pieces of gold coins minted more than 1,000 years ago, found in a small pottery jug in the Old City of East Jerusalem.
This is a rare find from an era when political turmoil prevailed in the region. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said, “The coins were found during excavations near the Western Wall,” which Jews consider the holiest place of prayer.
“The coins were in a small jug and were perfectly preserved and were instantly recognizable even without cleaning,” Robert Cole of the Antiquities Authority said in a statement.
Cole added, “The coins date from between 940 and 970 AD, which is a” period of radical political change “in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
During that period, the ruling Abbasid caliphate, which was based in Baghdad, lost control of the Levant, including Jerusalem, and was controlled by the Fatimid Shiite Ismaili state, which was established in North Africa and rivaled the Abbasids.
The Fatimid state fell in the twelfth century.
“This is the first time in fifty years that a cache of gold from the Fatimid period has been discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem,” Cole said.
Israeli excavations revealed the presence of gold from the Fatimid period in East Jerusalem shortly after its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in June 1967.
In 2015, Israel, south of Haifa, found two thousand gold coins in denominations of one and a quarter dinars dating back to the period of Fatimid rule, and they were minted in the year 1036. The total weight of these pieces was six kilograms.