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Oldest golden coin discovered in Slovenia first of a very rare type Alexander the Great stater

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A field in Bela Krajina, which was initially farmland, delivered a surprise find of an extremely rare golden Celtic coin dating back to 3rd century BC, which has only been found elsewhere in Europe before.  
It was attached to a bronze belt which was not intact enough to restore, but organic material preserved on the belt could potentially provide the possibility of carbon dating. The condition of the coin itself is well preserved.
Ceramics and iron weapons found in close proximity initially indicates the date to be around 3rd century BC.



It is the oldest coin found in Slovenia and a Celtic imitation of an Alexander the Great stater which features on one side an image of the goddess Nike and the other that of Athena.  
Celtic tribes brought the concept of using Staters as currency to Western and Central Europe, following their service as mercenaries in north Greece.  Gold staters were minted in Gaul by Gallic chiefs imitated the staters of Philip II of Macedonia, which found their way to …

Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artefacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The gold artifacts were discovered  near the largest Thracian thomb, Sveshatari 

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari thomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

View of Sveshatari thomb inside

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.

Unearthed: A splendidly crafted golden tiara with animal motif

Four spiral bracelets in process of uncovering

Several golden decorative brooches were found

Female figurines for clothing decoration
Horse head piece
















Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that the treasure was likely wrapped in a gold-woven cloth because several gold threads were discovered nearby.
The items are believed to have been apart of a ritual burial, likely that of the Gath ruler Kotela, one of the father-in-laws of Philip II of Macedon - Alexander the Great's father.
A large number of artefacts were discovered in and around Bulgaria's Thracian tombs, over the years, which provides the most of the insight on their life and culture, as they had no known written language and left no enduring records.

The precious find is now on display at the Archeology Museum in the capital Sofia.


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