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The four golden coins were discovered during archaeological excavations in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter, one of the four iconic quarters of the Old City. The Jewish Quarter, which covers a 116,000 square meter area, was being prepped for the construction of a lift that will grant access to the Western Wall Plaza. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) were overseeing the works to ensure no artefacts of value were lost.

A preliminary dig at the site four months ago uncovered a small pottery jug holding four coins minted from pure gold.

A close look at the coins revealed they are from the Early Islamic Period, likey between 940 and 970 AD.

Historians refer to this era as the Fatimid Period as it marked major political shifts in Egypt, Syria and Israel.

The period is named after the Fatimid Caliphate, which spanned a large portion of northern Africa and the Red Sea from the 10th to 12th centuries AD.

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The newly-found coins mark the first time in 50 years that gold treasure from this period was found in Jerusalem's Old City.

The juglet was first discovered by IAA inspector Yevgenia Kapil.

The vessel's contents were then revealed by excavation director David Gellman, who said: "To my great surprise, together with the soil, four shiny gold coins fell into my hand.

"This is the first time in my career as an archaeologist that I have discovered gold, and it is tremendously exciting."

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