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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 4, January 22, 2006, Article 11

COIN COLLECTORS TOMB QUESTIONED

Last week's story of the discovery of the tomb of a person
thought to be a collector of coins came up on an American
Numismatic Society email list as well.  There, Peter K.
Tompa writes: "Although this is an interesting story, my
guess this is a bit of wishful thinking or hype.  The extreme
range of dates can easily be explained by the long period of
circulation of Chinese cash coins.  The excellent new book
on Silk Road coinage published by the British Museum notes
that cash coins are often of limited use in dating archaeological
sites just for this reason.  Evidently, 1000 year old cash
coins could be found in circulation in the early 20th Century
China."

He adds: "The book I referenced is Helen Wang, Money on
the Silk Road (BM 2004)."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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