In the United Arab Emirates, the mission of the Sharjah Archaeology Department during the excavations in the city of Mleiha found the treasure, which experts called priceless. It consists of hundreds of silver coins dating back to the 3rd century BC.
According to The National News, the treasure of 409 silver coins, dating back to the 3rd century BC, sheds new light on the historical significance of the city of Mleiha.
It was found by archaeologists back in February of this year. But only now has the Sharjah Archaeology Authority officially announced the find. All this time the coins have been undergoing a process of cleaning and preservation. The treasure was buried in a heavy clay vessel.
“When this heavy [nine-kilogram] clay jug was discovered, there was a suspicion that it might contain rare artifacts,” said Sabah Aboud Jasim, director general of the Sharjah Archaeology Authority. – When we opened the jar carefully in the laboratory, we found it was filled to the brim with lots of silver coins.
A total of 409 coins were found, all of which are silver and all date back to the 3rd century B.C. This peculiarity points to several factors at once. First, scholars have assumed that all of the coins found were minted in the same region where they were found. This was a common practice of the time.
Secondly, the coins were collected over a small time period. They could probably have belonged to a merchant – the city of Mleiha was an important center of trade and commerce on the Arabian Peninsula. Why the treasure was buried is anyone’s guess.
Most of the coins are decorated with images typical of the time and widespread. A few coins, however, prove to be extremely rare. They have designs which were popular at the time, but have reached our days in a small number of instances. In particular, in the treasure found coins with images of Alexander the Great and the Greek god Zeus.
We should add that in the past excavations have also found a variety of objects dating back to 8000 BC. They will help in the study of the history of this region, which dates back to the Stone Age.