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(Daily Mail)   Volunteers unearth trove of 1100-year-old, 24-carat-gold coins during excavation near the city of Yavne in Israel   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2020-08-24 11:30:57 AM  
Kinda feel sorry for whoever put them there and never came back. I imagine their life did not end well.
 
2020-08-24 11:32:52 AM  
It's not Italy, but I bet someone is still going to be disappointed she missed out on the dig.
 
2020-08-24 11:34:22 AM  
FTFA: 'At the time they were stashed, the coins would have been worth a significant amount of money, Mr Kool continued.'

Which is surely a quote rather from Mr. Obvious
 
2020-08-24 11:35:53 AM  
24-carat-gold


Hey dumbassmitter: the unit of gold purity is a karat.

Yes, TFA got it wrong. That's no excuse for replicating their mistake.
 
2020-08-24 11:46:32 AM  
This article is sort of suspect on the details.  Well, it's the Daily Fail as usual.

"Extremely rare"?  Not really.  Unless there is some detail missing on these particular coins not mentioned in the article.  You can buy one from this time period or empire from Apmex right now.  I own one actually.  Interesting but nothing special.

24 karat?  Not likely.  24k is too soft for day-to-day coin usage.  Such coinage tended to be 18, 22k in purity.  Also, like any other government (just like the US dollar) there was a big temptation to debase the gold coinage due to inflation.   These particular coins were often heavily debased - mixed in with a large qty of silver.

Gold coin bug.
 
2020-08-24 11:47:00 AM  
carrot.
 
2020-08-24 11:52:44 AM  
It's 2020 - they've gotta be cursed.
 
2020-08-24 12:00:27 PM  
If only there were also diamonds, we could have Mr Kool Ice comments
 
2020-08-24 12:02:17 PM  

gopats: It's 2020 - they've gotta be cursed.


Put them back unless you want to be eaten by the mummy.
 
2020-08-24 12:25:28 PM  
Huh, 425 gold coins. Sounds like a low CR treasure hoard. Were there any gems or magic items thrown in? Or did they only just pass the perceptions check to spot the coins.

/fingers crossed for a +1 greatsword
 
2020-08-24 1:08:24 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: 24-carat-gold


Hey dumbassmitter: the unit of gold purity is a karat.

Yes, TFA got it wrong. That's no excuse for replicating their mistake.


car·at
variant spelling of KARAT
:a unit of fineness for gold equal to ¹/₂₄ part of pure gold in an alloy
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dicti​o​nary/carat

Not dumbasmitter.  I believe that carat is a more common spelling in England, although not English either.
 
2020-08-24 1:09:23 PM  
oi gold vault!
 
2020-08-24 2:21:28 PM  

SirEattonHogg: This article is sort of suspect on the details.  Well, it's the Daily Fail as usual.

"Extremely rare"?  Not really.  Unless there is some detail missing on these particular coins not mentioned in the article.  You can buy one from this time period or empire from Apmex right now.  I own one actually.  Interesting but nothing special.

24 karat?  Not likely.  24k is too soft for day-to-day coin usage.  Such coinage tended to be 18, 22k in purity.  Also, like any other government (just like the US dollar) there was a big temptation to debase the gold coinage due to inflation.   These particular coins were often heavily debased - mixed in with a large qty of silver.

Gold coin bug.



I read it as "the find" was rare, not necessarily the coins. I imagine that it isn't too often that someone stumbles on >400 gold coins in a stash like that.

However, it is the Daily Mail so I now doubt the existence of Israel and the discipline of Archaeology.
 
2020-08-24 8:33:01 PM  
The article doesn't say, can anyone guess as to their worth?
 
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