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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 …

2,800 year old gold jewellery of royal origin found in Kazakhstan


Some 3, 000 golden and precious items were found buried in a burial mound in a remote area at Tarbagatai mountains in Kazakhstan. It is estimated that the burial took place around 2,800 years ago and at that time the Saka people were residing there. The type of gold jewelry and other items which were found would have belonged to Royal or elite members of the Saka people. An expert explained that the grave is that of a couple who may have been a part of those who reigned at that point in time.



Among the finds are earrings in the shape of bells, gold plates with rivets, plaques, chains, and a necklace with precious stones.  
Gold beads were used to decorate clothing and were manufactured with a sophisticated micro-soldering technique which was developed by the locals and demonstrates exceptional artistic skill.


The discovery provides an interesting view of the history of the people who resided in Kazakstan during that time period. They clearly had expertise in developing sophisticated technology with exceptional skills in mining gold and jewelry making.


Saka kings viewed the plateau with rich pastures as a 'paradise' and it was considered sought-after land. 
There are some 200 burial mounds on the Eleke Sazy plateau where various treasures were found of royal origin and it is expected to find many more.




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