Skip to comments.Gold coins from the Crusades found in Israel
Posted on 07/17/2012 5:13:53 AM PDT by NYer
.- Israeli archeologists have found more than one hundred gold coins from the time of the Crusades, when conflict arose between Muslims and Christians over control of the Holy Land.
“It is an unusual find. We don’t have much gold from the time of the Crusades,” said Oren Tal, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv who led the investigation.
The treasure was found in the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic bastion during the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries.
The 108 coins – one of the largest collections ever discovered in Israel – were found in a ceramic juglet buried underneath a tile floor in the ruins located some 15 kilometers from Tel Aviv.
Arsuf, which overlooks the Mediterranean, was the site of the famous victory of Richard the Lionheart against Saladin in the 12th century.
Eighty years later in 1265, the Muslim army returned with a different general and besieged the city for forty days. When the walls protecting the city fell, the Crusaders took refuge in the castle, which was eventually destroyed.
According to Tal, the coins belonged to the Christian order of the Knights Hospitaller, who had taken up residence at the castle. Historians and archeologists plan to study them this fall.
Hmmm, would not be my first guess.
What would be your first guess?
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They are Arab coins.
Might have been taken when Saladin was defeated there by Richard I. Richard commanded both the Hospitallers and the Templars as well as his own guard.
Nights Hospitallers controlled that castle from 1261-1265 (when it fell).
Last Christian holding to fall to the Muslims was Acre. (Templars were last to leave in 1291, those that did not fight to the death.)
They found someone’s secret stash under the floor! Cool!
How can you tell that? The story didn't say, either way.
“Included among the items found were 108 gold coins, including 93 that weighed four grams each, and 15 that weighed 1 gram each. The gold was not new and clearly was part of someone’s family treasure or business investment. The coins were minted in Egypt approximately 250 years prior to their burial under the floor tiles of the 13th century CE fortress that has been under excavation for more than 30 years.”
I read elsewhere that they were. There was a name which this type of coin were known by, but I did not find it when I searched to try to answer your question.
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