Two tons of ancient coins unearthed in China’s Zhejiang Province

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When a mechanical digger dug its claw into the earth and rose at a construction site in Qianjiang City, Zhejiang Province on Dec. 10 last year, people found that what leaked from the steel claw was not only earth but also a large amount of ancient coins, Qianjiang Evening News reported.

Some of the ancient coins unearthed in China’s Zhejiang Province'."Da Guan Tong Bao," Northern Song dynasty. The characters on the coin were cast by emperor Hui Zong's personal calligraphy. Hui Zong was also a well-known calligrapher in ancient China."Long Feng Tong Bao," Yuan dynasty. Such coins were cast by a government established by an army of farmer insurgents during the Yuan dynasty. "Si Zhu Ban Liang," Western Han dynasty. Folk cast coins."Zhou Yuan Tong Bao," Five Dynasties-Ten Kingdoms period. A total of about 500,000 to 600,000 ancient coins were discovered in a huge box underground, and the coins belonged to Western Han, Tang, Five Dynasties-Ten Kingdoms, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and other dynasties, archaeologists said. The earliest coin was cast in 175 B.C., while the latest was cast in 1368 A.D.


Author: Wang Hanlu | Source: People’s Daily Online [January 07, 2011]


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