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10 tons of 2,000-year-old coins unearthed

By T.K. Randall
November 11, 2015 · Comment icon 13 comments

The haul of coins is likely to be worth a fortune. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 mc559
A vast treasure trove of ancient Chinese coins has been discovered at a dig site in the city of Nanchang.
Unearthed within an old Western Han Dynasty tomb, the ancient copper coins were commonly used as currency from around 1200 BC. To make trading them easier, each coin contained a small hole through its center so that several of them could be strung together to form larger denominations.

This particular haul, which is believed to contain over two million of the coins, dates back to around 206 BC and each one is likely to be worth several thousand dollars in today's money.

Chimes, figurines, bamboo slips and other artifacts were also found buried at the tomb which archaeologists now believe was the final resting place of a wealthy nobleman.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
Won't flooding the market with them drop the value to near nothing apiece ? You're right they would... But most of these will probably end up in a museum... "And now, folks, if you'll look over here in this exhibit you will see a pile of copper coins from thousands of years ago... They weigh in at an amazing 10 tons!... And we're moving..."
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Wow! That is a tremendous pile of coins by any reckoning. Maybe it was like a king or governor and every inhabitant had to toss in a handful?
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
That's some find very cool
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aitrui 7 years ago
The Chinese are masters of stockpiling so I doubt they'll be flooding the market unless there is some political advantage to be had. Unlikely when they have 99.9% of the pile
Comment icon #8 Posted by Captain Dumbass 7 years ago
Was that the biggest cheapskate in human history? I just can't stand people suffering from stockpiling money syndrome. It has unfortunately spread all over the planet now and makes this planet a really difficult place to relax and be happy.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Captain Dumbass 7 years ago
That's brilliant. Holes in the coins...we need that. ... as if the western world hasn't done that trough history?
Comment icon #10 Posted by TripGun 7 years ago
He took it with him...
Comment icon #11 Posted by zeek wulfe 7 years ago
Roman coins 2000 years old are very common. They were made of common metals like copper or copper/tin alloys. Even silver and gold coins can be purchased at reasonable prices. I own a silver coin minted in CE 70. Worth about a $100. Chinese coins of this vintage (tons of them) are almost without value.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
My D&D Players say: "Bah, just a pile of copper pieces.."
Comment icon #13 Posted by AstralPhae 7 years ago
Oh my..

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