100kg of ancient Chinese coins unearthed in Vietnam

07 September 2007 (Thanh Nien News) – A cache of 16th-18th century Chinese coins buried in a jar was unearthed in the Quang Tri Province.

Thanh Nien News, 7 Sep 2007

Chinese ancient coins unearthed in central Vietnam

The museum of central Quang Tri province has acquired a jar containing Chinese ancient coins which was found by a group of local residents.

The museum deputy director, Le Duc Tho said Thursday that these farmers, from the Hai Quy commune, Hai Lang district, happened upon the jar and the coins while working.

The artifacts weight approximately 100 kilograms. Everything is intact except for the upper part of the jar, which was broken upon discovery.

Tho confirmed the Chinese coins are dated in the 16th to the 18th century.

While many kinds of Vietnamese and Chinese ancient coins have been discovered in Quang Tri, particularly in Gio Linh and Trieu Phong communes, in recent years, this was the first time this type of jar had been found intact.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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