1,500-year-old Roman gold coin unearthed at Chinese tomb
|The coin found, like this one, is from the East Roman Empire era|
[Credit: Mining Com]
Though Western coins had been discovered at ancient tombs in China, the one unearthed yesterday preserved its original shape, to the point that —when found— reportedly glittered just like a brand new one would.
Minted during 491–518 AD, the gold coin was likely used as an amulet or an ornament, rather than as an accepted currency in China.
The tomb, discovered during road construction work last year, is located in an area believe to have host an imperial cemetery area from the Northern Wei Dynasty. Up to now, chinaware, bronze utensils and stoneware have been found there.
Author: Cecilia Jamasmie | Source: Mining.com [October 29, 2013]