Egypt discovers store of 2,000-year-old bronze coins

10:32, April 23, 2010      

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An Egyptian archaeological mission discovered 383 bronze coins dating back to the era of King Ptolemy III Euergetes who ruled Egypt in the 3rd century B.C., Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni said the newly- discovered bronze coins are in good condition, adding they were unearthed by a mission of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities working in northern Qaroun lake in Fayoum, 80 kilometers southwest of Cairo.

Zahi Hawwas, the council's secretary-general, also said that all the bronze coins, each one weighs 32 grams, represent Ptolemy III Euergetes, who was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.

The Ptolemaic Dynasty was founded by one of Alexander the Great 's generals and ruled Egypt for some 300 years, fusing Greek and ancient Egyptian cultures.

The mission also discovered three necklaces made of ostrich eggshells, which are all in good condition, and a pot of kohl eyeliner from the Ottoman Empire.

Khaled Saad, head of the mission, said that this discovery is the first of its kind, adding that the remains of an ancient prehistoric whale were also found.



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