3,500 kg ancient coins found in China

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:50 hrs

Beijing, Dec 30 (IANS) Archaeologists have excavated about 3,500 kg of ancient coins in China's Inner Mongolia Region, Xinhua reported Sunday. Most of these coins were in prevalence during the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD).

According to Lian Jilin, a researcher with the regional Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, the coins were found in three millennia-old coin pits in the ancient town of Huoluochaideng after police cracked three theft cases.

Most of the coins were "Huoquan", the coins commonly used in the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), said Lian.

Archaeologists also excavated over 100 casting moulds from the relics of a coin workshop. The moulds are believed to date back to the rule of Emperor Wudi (156 BC - 87 BC) of the Western Han Dynasty and the short-lived Xin Dynasty (45 BC - 23 AD) founded by Wang Mang.

Based on its size and cultural relics uncovered there, Huoluochaideng town is believed to have been a major town in northern China during the Han Dynasty, said Lian.

The findings are significant in the study of the ancient monetary system and casting technology, he added.

--Indo-Asia News Service


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