Iraqi archaeologists have found a group of 66 gold coins with a at least 1,400 years old and belonging to the Sassanid Empire, according to the declarations of the authorities on Monday, who added that they hope to be able to exhibit them soon in the National Museum of Baghdad.
The coins have been found in the town of Aziziya, 70 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, in the Iraqi province of Wasit and date from the sassanid era which took place from 225 BC. until 640 AD Is it so made of gold and they have some engravings of a king or a god and a kind of burning torch. Before being exhibited at the National Museum in Baghdad, they will be sent to the laboratory to confirm their authenticity, explained Hassanain Mohammed Ali, director of the provincial department of antiquities.
Many of Iraq's archaeological landmarks have been vandalized and invaded in recent decades, especially in the years after the invasion led by the United States in 2003. One of the consequences of this circumstance was the sacking of the capital of the National Museum.
At this time, about 32,000 pieces were stolen from 12,000 archaeological strategic points across Iraq, and another 15,000 disappeared from the Baghdad National Museum, according to official figures. In addition to this, thousands of artifacts were also illegally looted from some excavations in remote places, although the totality of the losses could not be accounted for.
During the government of the already executed dictator Saddam Hussein, the laws protected places with some historical interest. However, since they were overthrown, compliance with these laws has not been as it should, as the government has prioritized rebuilding the war-ravaged country for years rather than preserving its heritage.
However, the discovery of these coins It seems to indicate that there are still hidden treasures that escaped the hands of looters in their vandalism actions.
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