- The treasure was found buried in a settlement occupied by ancient Roman forces.
- The team from Tel Aviv University determined the coins date to the 10-13th century.
- The hoard of 108 coins make this the largest ever found in Israel.
Israeli archaeologists have found buried treasure: more than 100 gold dinar coins from the time of the Crusades, bearing the names and legends of local sultans, blessings and more -- and worth as much as $500,000.
The joint team from Tel Aviv University and Israel's Nature and Parks Authority were working at Apollonia National Park, an ancient Roman settlement on the coast used by the Crusaders between 1241 and 1265, when they literally found a pot of gold.
"All in all, we found some 108 dinars and quarter dinars, which makes it one of the largest gold coin hoards discovered in a medieval site in the land of Israel," Prof. Oren Tal, chairman of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology, told FoxNews.com.
The Christian order of the Knights Hospitaller had taken up residence in the castle in Apollonia; it was one of their most important fortresses in the area. The hoard of coins was buried on the eve of the site's downfall after a long siege by a large and well-prepared Muslim army.