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May 2013

Rare ‘Three Hole Spade’ Sold at Auction

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The mystique and rarity surrounding the “three hole spade” (san kong bu 三孔布) is such that many Chinese coin collectors consider it to be “the king of ancient coins”. Even though catalogs of ancient Chinese coins have existed for almost 900 years, “three hole spades” from the Warring States period (475-221 BC) are so rare [...]

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Coins from the Han, Tang, Song and Jin dynasties were recently unearthed at a construction site in Dingxi City according to a report published in the May 23, 2013 issue of the Lanzhou Morning News (兰州晨报). Dingxi (定西) is located about 100 km east of Lanzhou (兰州) in China’s northwest province of Gansu (甘肃省). The [...]

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China TV Shows Ancient Coin Cache Being Dug Up in Anhui thumbnail

More than 500 pounds of ancient coins have been dug up at a construction site in east China according to news reports by Chinese print and TV media. The site is located in Guzhen County (固镇县) in Anhui Province (安徽省). Chinese archaeologists from the Guzhen County Bureau of Cultural Relics (固镇县文物局) are seen digging up [...]

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Song Dynasty Coins in a Ming Dynasty Tomb

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Why would a Ming Dynasty tomb contain coins only from the Song Dynasty? This was the question faced by archaeologists excavating a tomb in Longshan Village (龙山村) according to an article published in the May 6, 2013 edition of the Pengcheng Daily (彭城晚报). The brick tomb was discovered near Xuzhou (徐州), Jiangsu Province (江苏省) in [...]

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600 ‘Ming Knives’ from the State of Yan Unearthed in Hebei thumbnail

A villager in Pingquan County (平泉县), Hebei Province (河北省) accidentally discovered a buried clay pot containing about 600 specimens of knife money from the Warring States Period (475 BC -221 BC), according to a dispatch from the China News (中新网) dated May 3, 2013. Mr. Wang Yongtie (王永铁), the village chief of Guangxingdian Village (广兴店村), [...]

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