Two tons of ancient coins unearthed in Zhejiang

16:43, January 07, 2011      

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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.

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.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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