21 January 2021 08:19 PM

28 gold dinars, 5 small coins from Abbasid era unearthed in Fayoum

Saturday، 14 November 2020 - 11:33 AM

The Egyptian-Russian mission working at Deir Al-Banat (Al-Banat Monastery) archaeological site in Fayoum has uncovered a collection of 28 gold dinars and five small coins, found wrapped in a linen roll tied by a clay ring bearing unclear symbols.

All discoveries date back to the Abbasid era.

Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Osama Talaat described the discovery as the most important in the region; given that it is the first season for the Egyptian-Russian mission in the northern part of the archaeological area, where several mummies dating back to the Greco-Roman era have previously been unearthed.

This indicates that the area had been used during different historical periods: the Greco-Roman, Coptic and the Islamic ones.

The discoveries include 16 dinars and five parts of gold dinars from the era of Caliph Al-Muqtadir Billah (295-317 AH / 908-932 AD), 10 dinars from the era of Caliph Al-Radi Billah (322-329 AH / 934-940 AD), in addition to two dinars from the era of Caliph Al-Mu'tasim Billah (218-227 AH / 833-842 AD).


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