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Valuable Venetian coins were discovered during the excavations at Rusokastro Fortress
Thursday, 01 Aug 2019 - Archeological Museum
The excavations at Fortress Rusokastro revealed three silver Venetian coins in very good condition. These are coins known as "matapan". Two of them were minted during the management of the Venetian doges, Raniero Zeno (1252 - 1268) and Giovanni Soranto (1312 - 1328). The third coin is lined, which makes it difficult to determine its exact dating.

On one side of the coins is depicted Jesus Christ sitting on a throne and on the other - St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, together a Venetian Doge holding a long-handled flag.
The coins were discovered during the study of a monumental building with yet unclear function, which was located during the current archeological season in Rusokastro. Currently, the valuable coins are being cleaned in a restoration workshop.

The excavations of the medieval town of Rusokastro are managed by Regional historical museum Burgas, and are financed for a consecutive year by the Municipality of Kameno and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.


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