1.5 tons of ancient coins discovered in north China Source: Xinhua,
A cellar containing 1.5 tons of ancient coins,
including some 2,000-year-old ones, have been discovered by
a villager in Changzi County, north China's Shanxi Province.
The man in Qianwanhu village discovered the cellar with some
10,000 coins, ranging from 3 cm to 1 cm in diameter, on Aug.
23 when he was digging a channel to place pipes for tap water,
said Li Lin, an official of the Changzi Center of Cultural
Heritage and Tourism.
The "money cellar" was 1.5 meters under the earth,
with coins being piled orderly into a cuboid of 1.3 meters
long, 0.65 meter wide and one meter high, Li said.
Most of the coins were made during the Northern Song Dynasty
(960-1127) with the remainders made during Han Dynasty (206
BC-220 AD) and Tang Dynasty (618-907), Li said.
Many coins were in good condition, and characters on the
surface were still legible, while some others were rusty.
The largest coin is 3 cm in diameter and the smallest is one
cm, Li said.
Archaeologists said the coins were there for three reasons:
the coins were liege lords' private wealth; or they were buried
by ancient Chinese private banks during war; or they belonged
to rich people who buried them during war but had forgotten.
The coins have been sent to local cultural relics authorities.