A vast trove of gold coins was discovered on the seabed in the ancient harbor of Caesarea in Israel, authorities said Tuesday. The lot included 20 pounds of gold coins (about 2,000 pieces) dated at more than 1,000 years old. The coins are believed to have belonged to the Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled throughout the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171. Experts say the find may have been a collection of government taxes or destined for military salaries, and further excavation of the site is planned.
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