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Teenagers volunteering at Israel excavation site find trove of gold coins

In all there were 425 pure 24-carat gold coins that someone buried more than a thousand years ago.
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Teenagers volunteering at an excavation site in Israel unearthed 425 gold coins.

ISRAEL — A group of teenage volunteers working at an excavation site in Israel will never forget the experience after finding a trove of thousand-year-old gold coins.

Israeli officials said the excavation is happening in an area where a new neighborhood is planned. The container holding the coins had been nailed down so it couldn't be moved. The teenager that found the coins was digging with a hoe and thought it was three leaves at first. When they looked closer, they realized it was gold coins and they kept digging and finding more.

"The unique thing about this gold hoard is actually that it shows us a lot about international commerce of that time period in the area which was on the rise and prospering as opposed to the commerce in Europe at the time, where the use of gold actually started dwindling," said Galit Tal, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Credit: RTV
Teenagers volunteering at an excavation site in Israel unearthed a trove of gold coins.

In all there were 425 pure 24-carat gold coins. At the time they were hidden around 1,100 years ago, they would have been enough to buy a luxurious house in Egypt.