Crusader coins found in Apollonia castle

A joint team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority have discovered "one of the largest gold coin hoards discovered in a medieval site in the land of Israel." The coins were determined to have circulated in the 13th century, the time Crusader occupation.

The castle near the Roman settlement of Apollonia was a prime fortress for the Christian order of the Knights Hospitaller, and experts believe the 100 gold coins, valued at more than US$500,000, were buried during the castle's siege by the Muslem army.