In Egypt found a cache of coins from the time of the great rulers

(ORDO NEWS) — In Egypt, the archaeological mission of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, while conducting research in the city of Esna, unearthed a cache in which coins of the Mamluk and Fatimid periods were hidden.

The opening is reported by The National News. A group of archaeologists managed to find a cache in which a whole collection of coins was kept for centuries. Most of them belong to the Islamic period of Egyptian history.

The cache itself was located next to the cult temple of Esna, which is considered the most visited ancient relic of this city, located about 55 kilometers south of Luxor, on the west bank of the Nile River.

Archaeologists note that many of the coins found were minted during the reign of prominent kings. For example, in the cache there was a gold coin dating back to the reign of Al-Muizz li-Din Allah Al-Fatimi, the Fatimid ruler, whose name is one of the streets of Cairo.

Also found in the cache were 286 silver coins that date back to the reigns of 19 different kings and sultans of the Mamluk period (1250-1517). Among the trophies of archaeologists were several dinars and half dinars – the most popular currency in the Arab world.

They are engraved with the names of such prominent Egyptian rulers of the Islamic period as Al-Aziz Billah and Najmuddin Aibak, the kings of Badr Al-Din Salamish and Mansur Seif.

In addition, the collection contains a number of foreign coins, including an Armenian coin minted under King Levon II.

The period of his reign coincided with the Mamluk period. The cache also contained many bronze and copper coins from the Ottoman era. It is noteworthy that fragments of molds that were used for minting coins were also found, as well as a weight with which, as experts suggest, the coins were weighed.

These artifacts indicate that there may have been a coinage workshop in the area. The archaeological mission has already started looking for it.


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