Russian archaeologists find 16th century coins hidden in a chess bishop

Russian archaeologists find 16th century coins hidden in a chess bishop



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Archaeologists have found a curious little treasure in the center of Moscow that dates back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Total 10 silver coins have been found inside an ivory chess bishop, the City Council reported last Wednesday.

This chess piece was found during construction work in central Moscow. «Ten hand-minted silver coins were hidden in an ivory bishop. The total sum is five kopecks“Explained Alexey Yemelyanov, director of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the city of Moscow.

The origin of the coins dates back to the middle of the 16th century. One was struck in Tver, a city 174 northwest of the capital, and the other nine in Moscow. «If each chess piece had the same number of coins, the total sum could amount to 160 kopecks“Yemelyanov explained, adding that no more pieces have been found than this one yet.

Via TASS


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