Ancient Coins Cache in Central Japan


Archaeologists stumbled upon an astonishing trove—1,060 bundles of ancient coins, meticulously wrapped, dating back over 2,000 years.


Each bundle, secured with straw rope, housed around 100 coins. Researchers delved into 334 coins, unraveling a tapestry of history spanning at least 44 different years.


Among the coins, a notable discovery stands out—an engraved Chinese Ban Liang bronze coin, showcasing its distinctive center hole.


The cache comprises coins produced outside Japan, reflecting the absence of indigenous metal currency until the late seventh century. 

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Dating back to the Kamakura Period (1185–1333), the cache tells a tale of deliberate burial, preserving these coins for centuries. 


Beyond the coins, the excavation site yielded cultural artifacts, hinting at the significance of the location during the Kofun period (late third to late seventh century). 


The monumental discovery in Maebashi reshapes our understanding of Japan's ancient landscape. As the analysis of more coins and artifacts unfolds.


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