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The Taranto Hoard


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 20 October 2016
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Southern Italy and Sicily had no silver and had to import it to mint coins. Hoards found there contain silver ingots and coins from the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as coins minted locally. This suggests that people there needed silver, rather than the coins in particular. Silver coins from various mints and cut metal (hacksilver). Found buried at Taranto, Southern Italy, circa 508 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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