Coins dating back to reign of Umar ibn al-Khattab found in Turkey


Ankara (IINA) – A Turkish citizen, named Jorlar Youghal, from Selim, a town of Kars Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, has found 7 pieces of ancient silver coins with Arabic inscriptions, dating back to the reign of Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab.

Turkey's Ikhlas News Agency reported that Youghal, 53, who works as a shepherd, said he discovered the coins, which date back to the reign of Umar ibn Al-Khattab while he was collecting stones to build a cattle ranch.  Youghal traveled from the city of Kars to Istanbul to hand over the coins to the Archaeological Museum, located near Gulhane Park.

"I have found the coins hidden between stones while grazing cattle on the area,” Youghal said. He believed that they date back to the Caliphate of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, and that they were the first currency in the Islamic State.

Youghal pointed out that these rare coins are very valuable, adding: "Although it was reported that each piece is worth up to £ 900,000, I have favored to deliver them to the museum because they represent an important historical value to the Muslim world".

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