13th Century Gold Coin Found in Lyutitsa, Bulgaria

Archeologists found a 13th century gold coin in Lyutitsa, Southern Bulgaria.

This finding continues the so-called “golden summer” for the National Historical Museum after several other successful digs in 2018. The coin was found by the staff of dr. Boni Petrunova in the fortress of Lyutitsa, near Ivaylovgrad, Southern Bulgaria. The artefact dates back to the rule of John III Doukas Vatatzes, the emperor of Nicaea in the period 1221-1254.

According to prof. Konstantin Dochev, the more exact dating of the coin would be between 1240-1260, as it has passed hands multiple times, which was determined from the markings on it. In July 2018, archeologists found the seal of empress Yolande Palaeologina of Montferrat in Lyutitsa. While this is the only coin found in the medieval city, hopes for other similar artifacts are high.

Earlier this year, Bulgarian archeologists found an ancient Roman statue in Heraclea Sintica.

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Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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