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Dutch ducats unearthed in Azerbaijan

A hoard of 37 Dutch gold coins (ducats) was found on June 22 during the course of the seventh archaeological excavation operation at the historical settlement of Agsu in Azerbaijan. The coins, which range in date from 1781 to 1800, are in near pristine condition.  

"Similar coins were widely distributed throughout the world in the 18th century," says Gafar Jabiyev, head of the Agsu archaeological expedition. 

"All the coins have an inscription in Latin characters on their obverse: MO:ORD PROVIN FOEDER BELG.AD LEG.IMP which expands to MOneta ORDinum PROVINciarum FOEDERatorum BELGicarum AD LEGem IMPerii and translates as 'Coin of the Government of the Provincial Federation of Belgium Conforming with the Imperial Law'."

"A knight facing right, standing in armour, holding a sword in his right hand and a bundle of arrows in his left, divides the year of issue 17 81 on the reverse. Along the periphery is the Latin legend CONCORDIA.RES PAR.CRES.HOL which expands to CONCORDIA RES PARvae CREScunt HOLlandiae and which translates as 'Through Concord Small Things Grow - Holland':" 
"According to the experts, the importance of ducats in the world during that period could be compared to that of the U.S dollar today" says Jabiyev.

A gold necklace was also found in Agsu on July 9, he said. 

He added that archaeological findings testify to the fact that Azerbaijani towns had close relations with many world cities in the 18th century. 

The Agsu Archaeological Expedition, conducted by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography under the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, has been exploring the medieval town of Agsu since March, 2010, with the support of the MIRAS Social Organization in Support of Studying of Cultural Heritage.  

The expedition has painstackingly examined some 15,000 square metres of the archaeological site till now and has revealed numerous unique artefacts that shed light on the medieval and later history of Azerbaijan. 

Source: TANN via MIRAS [July 11, 2012]

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