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.
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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