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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 …

Mycenaean warrior's burial place with incredibly valuable artifacts discovered in Greece

One of the gold rings discovered in the tomb

A bronze age tomb of a Mycenaean warrior dating back to around 1450 BC was discovered in an olive grove near the ancient city Pylos, southwest Greece.
The grave was inside a stone chamber and the body was buried in a wooden coffin. The skeleton of an adult male was found completely intact. The importance and wealth of this warrior is noted by the large amount of objects buried with him.  Among the discovered items are weapons, gold and silver jewels and precious artifacts providing an interesting new insight into history.

The inscribed sealstone

From the size and properties of the skeleton, it was concluded that the warrior was aged in his 30's and had a height of 5.5 feet (1.7m). Several ivory combs may suggest that he had long hair and an ivory mirror that he was attentive to his appearance.
It was difficult at first to determine the date which the burial took place.  Pottery is ideal for dating purposes, but this tomb contained none. However, further finds were made in close proximity of the grave which included pottery fragments and the date was then determined to be around 1450 BC which was the time that the Mycenaeans, from mainland Greece, defeated the Minoans.

The warrior's grave with a sword

Some of the very noteworthy artifacts include a Minoan sealstone which has been named the Pylos Combat Agate. It is 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) in length and has a uniquely carved combat scene on a limestone, of a warrior in the battle against two enemies, one being killed and the other already defeated. Four signet gold rings inscribed with images from the Minoan mythology was also found.

The discovery of Minoan items suggests a cultural exchange between the Mycenaeans and Minoans during those days.



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