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September 2012

Ancient Kingdom of Min Coins Cast in Quanzhou

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In the early 1970's, Buddhist monks digging in the courtyard of the Chengtian Temple (承天寺) in Quanzhou (泉州), Fujian Province in order to bury jars of a traditional Chinese medicine known as "golden juice" (jinzhi 金汁) made a startling discovery.  They uncovered clay moulds (qianfan 钱范) used to cast ancient Chinese coins. It was not [...]

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