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A treasure of national significance – thirty-two silver coins dating back to 1000-1019 – have been found in Horodnytsia, Zhytomyr region.

That's according to Oleksandr Alfyorov, a researcher with the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences, who took to Facebook to break the exciting news.

These are the first coins minted in Rus-Ukraine, the expert wrote.

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"Late night yesterday, some people my friends know contacted me, saying they had found these coins under absolutely routine circumstances. From our very first words, we came to a general accord that this find of the century must be handed over to the state, by law," Alfyorov wrote.

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"We need to secure this transfer because it is a precedent throughout all the years of independence. At the same time, the coins should not be lost in some high office hallways, but transferred to a museum. If you please, for history and science, I name this find 'Horodnytsia treasure'," the expert added.

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