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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 3, January 15, 2006, Article 12

COIN COLLECTOR'S TOMB FOUND?

Who says you can't take it with you?  Arthur Shippee
forwarded this article, which was noted this week in
The Explorator Newsletter.  He writes: "Chinese
archaeologists have excavated what appears to be a
Yuan dynasty tomb of a coin collector:

"Archaeologists in northwest China's Shaanxi Province
have discovered an ancient tomb, possibly of a coin
collector, dating back more than 600 years.

During a recent excavation at a Yuan Dynasty
(1271-1368) tomb in the suburb of Xi'an, capital of
Shaanxi, archaeologists found over 150 coins of
different dynasties, together with 60 ceramic utensils.

Twenty kinds of coins were in circulation in the dynasties
of Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279) and Jin (1115-1234),
spanning about 600 years. They might have been collected
by the owner of the tomb who was interested in ancient coins,
archaeologists reckoned."

"Archaeologists have also unearthed 259 Wuzhu coins, the
common currency in wide circulation during the Han Dynasty
(206 BC-220 AD), in a recent excavation in Pingli County
of the history-laden Shaanxi Province."

Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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