Egyptian Supreme Council For Antiquities Unearths 2000 Year Old Coins

April 25th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
coinsCairo, Apr 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) 383 bronze coins belonging to 3rd century B.C. has been discovered by the archaeologists of the Egyptian Antiquities. These coins are said to be the ones belonging to the era of King Ptolemy III Euergetes. Reportedly, the bronze coins were cited at the northern Qaroun Lake of Fayoum which is located at a distance of 80 km southwest of the Capital city Cairo.

Farouq Hosni, who happens to be the Culture Minister of Egypt told the media that the bronze coins discovered by the archaeologists of Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities are all in good shape. The Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, Zahi Hawwas said that these coins are a figment of the rich culture and heritage of the Ptolemaic dynasty during the reign of Ptolemy III Euergetes. Eack bronze coins weigh about 32 grams. History records the founding of Ptolemaic Dynasty by Ptolemy who had once served the Alexander The Great as his general. The dynasty rested upon a mix culture deriving elements from both ancient Egypt and Greek. Besides the bronze coins the team of the archaeologists also went to unearth three necklaces which are made out of ostrich eggshells along with a kohl eyeliner pot that dates back to the Ottoman empire.

The bronze coins are inscribed with the picture of hybrid Greek-Egyptian god Amun-Zeusalong with the picture of eagle imprinted on another side of the coin. Reportedly, the unearthed items shall be ready for display at the Egyptian museum which is still under construction The objects will all be displayed in the new Egyptian museum near the Giza which is still under construction.

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