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  • The Crusaders' last stand: Pot of gold worth 300,000 found in fortress

    07/11/2012 6:56:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-11-12 | Rob Waugh
    A pot of gold from the Crusades worth up to $500,000 has been found buried in an ancient Roman fortress in Israel. The coins were buried by Christian soldiers of the order of the Knights Hospitalier as the Crusaders faced an unstoppable attack by a huge Muslim army. The knights were annihilated in April 1265. The coins - worth a fortune even in 1265 when they were thought to have been buried - were deliberately hidden inside a broken jug to prevent them being discovered. The fortress was destroyed in April 1265 by forces of Mamluks who overwhelmed the Crusaders...