December 8, 2023



100,000 Kamakura Coins From First Unified Chinese Kingdom Found in Japan

Ancient Origins

November 13, 2023

A massive cache of 100,000 ancient coins has been unearthed during construction activities in central Japan’s Maebashi City, including a rare example of the ‘Ban Liang’, China’s inaugural unified currency. The cache is historically placed between the 7th and 13th centuries, and bundled in groups of 100 coins (1,060 in total!). They were secured with straw cords called ‘sashi’, and possibly hidden strategically during a tumultuous period of war and chaos.

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