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Ancient coin hoard found in China

Dec. 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

ORDOS CITY, China, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in China say they've excavated about 7,700 pounds of ancient coins in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The coins were found in 3,000-year-old coin pits in the ancient town of Huoluochaideng, Lian Jilin, a researcher with the regional Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, told China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

Most of the hoard was "Huoquan" coins, commonly used in the Han Dynasty from 202 B.C. to A.D. 220, Lian said.

Archaeologists said they also unearthed more than 100 casting molds from the relics of a coin workshop dating to the rule of Emperor Wudi, 156 B.C. to 87 B.C.

The cultural relics found in Huoluochaideng, the evidence of extensive coin production and the size of the city's ruins suggests it was a major town in northern China during the Han Dynasty, Lian said.

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