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Stellar cellar discovery
CHINA DAILY ^
| WANG CHUNSHENG
Posted on 01/23/2003 5:51:46 AM PST by vannrox
Stellar cellar discovery (WANG CHUNSHENG)
About 3 tons of ancient coins were unearthed from a cellar in Lushan County, Pingdingshan City of Central China's Henan Province, last Monday.
The cellar also contained dozens of iron ware pieces and a porcelain bowl. It was found during renovations of an old house at the Lushan No 2 Senior High School.
The cellar is in irregular cuboid form and occupies 1.2 by 1.4 by 0.7 cubic metres. Some experts believe the owner of this fortune dug the cellar to store food in case of emergency.
More than 30 types of coins were found in the cellar. Most were issued in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), covering nearly all the coins issued in that period. There are also a few coins of the much earlier Western Han (206 BC-AD 24) and Tang (AD 618-907) dynasties.
Ancient Chinese scholars nicknamed coins as quan (spring), because they thought this elegant name could help wash away the "odour of money." China was one of the first countries to make and use coins, the earliest ones date back thousands of years.
An intact light green glazed bowl produced at Ruyao, one of the most acclaimed kiln sites in ancient China, is of great value for research.
This was the first time a ware of Ruyao was found in Lushan, which is located in the same province as Baofeng County, one of the possible sites of the imperial Ruyao kilns that flourished in the Northern Song Dynasty.
Archaeologists also found a dozen iron tools including an axe, knife and spoon. In addition, a pottery jar to hold water was also unearthed.
From the ancient coins and other precious finds, experts say the mysterious cellar owner must have had a high social status.
The local government has ordered the middle school to stop renovations while archaeologists continue to conduct surveys on campus.
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Cool. That's a lot of coins!
posted on 01/23/2003 5:51:46 AM PST
posted on 01/23/2003 5:54:33 AM PST
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posted on 01/23/2003 5:54:43 AM PST
That beats my big find this week. Looking through a load of books I bought in bulk from an AAUW book fair, I found a first edition of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (VG/VG-, 1st state dj). A near-fine copy of same (2nd state dj) sold last night on EBay for $960, half its typical book auction price. I'd be happy to get that for mine, considering I paid 50 cents for it.
posted on 01/23/2003 6:04:03 AM PST
posted on 01/23/2003 6:07:01 AM PST
(Start heating the TAR, I'll go get the FEATHERS.)
Nice catch !
Some experts believe the owner of this fortune dug the cellar to store food in case of emergency.
I did that for Y2K. I dug a nice cellar to store food -- and then I put 3 tons of coins in it (just be extra safe).
We got through Y2K,
Maybe you should dig them up and get in touch with Physicist.(#4)
posted on 01/23/2003 6:35:55 AM PST
Outstanding find! I love that book.
posted on 01/23/2003 8:05:22 AM PST
by Constitution Day
("Liberals have many tails, and chase them all." - H.L. Mencken)
No mention of coins being made of gold or silver. Iron or copper coins?
posted on 01/23/2003 9:15:09 AM PST
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