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March 2015

Tang and Song Dynasty Coins Dug Up in Yancheng

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A large quantity of coins dating to the Tang and Song dynasties was recently unearthed by a large excavator removing silt from a river in Yancheng (盐城市), Jiangsu Province, according to media reports. At approximately 10:00 AM on March 21, the excavator was dredging a small 6-meter wide river that runs through Longgang Town (龙冈镇) [...]

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Chinese Burial Money

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Beginning in very ancient times, the Chinese included money among the objects buried with the deceased. This burial money was referred to as yi qian (瘗钱), meaning "buried money", or ming qian (冥钱), meaning "dark money". The money was to be used by the deceased in the afterlife to make life more comfortable.  It was [...]

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