Some very old gold

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Some very old gold
SOLID GOLD: A rare Moorish dinar minted in 716 Photo credit: Policia Nacional

POLICIA NACIONAL investigators traced to Calpe a 716 gold coin that was offered for sale online.

Only 24 of the gold dinars that were minted in Cordoba and  amongst the first in circulation following the Moorish conquest of Spain have ever been located.

Traces of earth found on the coin’s surface suggested that it was dug up recently and looted from a still unidentified site, the police revealed.

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The coin is now in the keeping of Alicante’s Archaeological Museum (MARQ) and its would-be seller has been charged with looting and heritage offences.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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