200,000 ancient coins found in China

June 5th, 2011 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS  

Nanjing (China), June 4 (IANS) Archaeologists in China’s Jiangsu province have unearthed about 200,000 ancient coins in a well at a construction site, Xinhua reported.

These coins, weighing around four tonnes, were found in the Suzhou city. They are believed to be from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126), the city’s archaeological institute said in a press release.

Construction workers first spotted the well having coins in it Wednesday.

The discovery made the archaeologists rush to the site and carry out a day-long digging for the coins in a protective manner.

Archaeologists assumed that the large amount of coins might be hidden by some rich family during war in relatively-prosperous Suzhou. The exact source is yet to be confirmed.

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