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Islamic gold coin uncovered in Abuqir Bay in Alexandria

The coin is carved in pure gold and was minted in the Levant in the year 80 according to the Hijri Islamic calendar, during the reign of the Omayyad Sultan Abdel Malek Ibn Marawan

Ayman Barayez, Sunday 24 Jun 2018
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A coin carved from pure gold in the year 80 according to the Hijri Islamic calendar (photo: Ayman Barayez)
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During underwater excavation work at Abuqir Bay in Alexandria, an Egyptian-French mission uncovered a gold coin from the Islamic period.

According to Ihab Fahmy, head of the Central Department for Underwater Antiquities, the coin is carved in pure gold and was minted in the Levant in the year 80 according to the Hijri Islamic calendar, during the reign of the Omayyad Sultan Abdel Malek Ibn Marawan.

The coin bears a verse from the Quran.

Underwater excavation is to continue to reveal more of Abuqir Bay's ancient secrets.

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