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Egyptian archaeologists discover coins from different reigns of Islamic rulers

An Egyptian archaeological mission in southern Egypt found coins dating back to the Islamic era, while experts believe a mint shop was there.
Coins are displayed at the exhibition "Coins through the Ages" at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 10, 2010.

CAIRO — The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities operating in the city of Esna in Upper Egypt has recently discovered a cache containing coins from different historical decades of the Islamic era, in addition to parts of molds to mint and weigh coins.

In a Sept. 11 statement published by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on its Facebook page, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that this discovery may indicate the existence of a mint and weighing house in the city of Esna.

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