On Monday 24th August a group of teenagers on an archaeological dig in Yavne in central Israel uncovered 425 coins and partial coins buried in a clay jar. The collection contained full gold Dinars and partial coins used as smaller change made by cutting smaller sections of the Dinars. Such a find is so rare as often coins were dug up over the centuries and remelted when discovered. One of the partial coins is unbelievably rare as it shows a fragment of Emperor Theophilos, which would have been minted in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople.

The coins weigh a total of 845 grams and are all solid 24ct Gold. With the exceptionally high price of gold currently the pure bullion value of the coins is approximately £40,000, however their rarity is priceless. Oz Cohen the young archaeologist who discovered the hoard, said: "It was amazing. I dug in the ground and when I excavated the soil, saw what looked like very thin leaves. When I looked again I saw these were gold coins." As fine gold, the coins have not oxidized over the centuries and were found in good condition.

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