News ID: 278889
Published: 1002 GMT January 01, 2021

Medieval Chinese coin found in England’s Hampshire may well be genuine: Historian

Medieval Chinese coin found in England’s Hampshire may well be genuine: Historian
HAMPSHIRE CULTURAL TRUST
The medieval Chinese coin has a central cut-out that allowed several to be strung together.

A medieval Chinese coin from the early 11th century that was unearthed in a Hampshire Village may well be a genuine find, according to a Cambridge University historian.

The 25mm copper-alloy coin was discovered in Buriton, near Petersfield, England, and dates from the Northern Song dynasty period, independent.co.uk reported.

It is the second such coin found in England; the first appeared Cheshire in 2018. Other Chinese currency dug up in England dates from later periods.

Both 11th-century items were discovered in areas that have produced other medieval finds, and the presence of two similar coins hints at their being genuine, Caitlin Green wrote in a blog post.

Green wrote that the Northern Song Dynasty minted them in such vast numbers that they remained in circulation long after the dynasty ended in the 1120s.

Documentary evidence shows that East Asian travelers were present in Britain and Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, providing a plausible route for the newly-discovered coin’s arrival in Britain, she said.

 

   
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