The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities operating in the city of Esna succeeded in uncovering a cache that includes a number of coins from different historical decades of the Islamic era, in addition to parts of coinage molds and their weight.
This was stated by Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Council of Antiquities, stressing the importance of this discovery, which may indicate the existence of a mint and weighing house in the city of Esna, which the mission will work during the coming period to try to uncover.
For his part, Mohamed Abdel Badie, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Upper Egypt, said that the archaeological mission began its work on the site last year in the part located directly behind the Esna Temple, until the mission found this huge number of coins, which included a gold coin dating back to the era of Al-Aziz Billah Ibn Al-Mu’izz Ladin. Allah the Fatimid and about 286 silver coins of the Mamluk sultans and kings, dating back to the eras of 19 kings and sultans in the Mamluk era for different historical periods. It also includes a foreign currency dating back to the era of King Levon II, the Armenian king, who is contemporary with the Mamluk period, in addition to a group of bronze and copper coins from the Ottoman era.
Meanwhile, Fathi Yassin, Director General of Antiquities of Upper Egypt, explained that among the coins discovered, a Fatimid gold dinar dating back to the era of Al-Aziz Billah, the Najmuddin Aybak dirham and the just King Badr al-Din Salamish dirham made of silver, in addition to half a dirham of King Mansour Seif al-Din Qalawun, and half a dirham Silver belongs to King al-Mansur Seif al-Din Qalawun, and a number of dirhams made of silver, including two dirhams for the just king Zain al-Din Katbugha, a dirham for King al-Mansur Seif al-Din Abu Bakr, and a dirham for al-Malik al-Kamel Saif al-Din Shaaban. It also includes a commemorative dirham on the occasion of the coronation of King Typhon II, and a set of bronze and copper coins from the Ottoman era.