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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 36, September 3, 2006, Article 15

EARLY GOLD COIN DISCOVERED IN KYRGYZSTAN

Arthur Shippee forwarded the following item from The Exploraror
newsletter about "Ancient" gold coins found in a Kyrgyz mountain
lake:

"Possibly the world's most ancient gold coin has been discovered
in a high mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan, the chief of an archeological
expedition said Wednesday.

Academic Vladimir Ploskikh said an expedition from the Kyrgyz-Russian
Slavic University found a 70-gram octagonal gold artifact on the
northern side of Lake Issuk-Kul.

"This is probably the earliest form of metal money found in Central
Asia, and may have served as an archetype for later gold coins,"
he said. "If this [hypothesis] is confirmed, the find will have a
unique worldwide historical and cultural significance as a prototype
for gold money."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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