The 108 coins – one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel – were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv.
“It is a rare find. We don’t have a lot of gold that had been circulated by the Crusaders,” said Oren Tal, a professor at Tel Aviv University who leads the dig.
Arsuf, which overlooks the Mediterranean sea, was the site of a famous 12th century victory for England’s King Richard I – known as Lionheart – over Muslim leader Saladin.
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