Ancient mint found in China

Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Thousands of coins and a collection of casting molds have been found in an ancient mint in China that dates back to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. - 220 A.D.).  

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.

[Full story] Story: Times of India | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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