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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 35, September 3, 2007, Article 19

MASSIVE NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY COIN HOARD DISCOVERED IN CHINA

The People's Daily of China reports that "A cellar containing
1.5 tons of ancient coins, including some 2,000-year-old ones,
have been discovered by a villager in Changzi County, north
China's Shanxi Province.

"The man in Qianwanhu village discovered the cellar with some
10,000 coins, ranging from 3 cm to 1 cm in diameter, on Aug. 23
when he was digging a channel to place pipes for tap water,
said Li Lin, an official of the Changzi Center of Cultural
Heritage and Tourism.

"The 'money cellar' was 1.5 meters under the earth, with coins
being piled orderly into a cuboid of 1.3 meters long, 0.65 meter
wide and one meter high, Li said.

"Most of the coins were made during the Northern Song Dynasty
(960-1127) with the remainders made during Han Dynasty (206
BC-220 AD) and Tang Dynasty (618-907), Li said.

"Many coins were in good condition, and characters on the
surface were still legible, while some others were rusty.
The largest coin is 3 cm in diameter and the smallest is
one cm, Li said."

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