600-year-old Chinese coin spent all in one place – in Africa3/14/2013
Anthropologists have unearthed a "very, very rare" 600-year-old Chinese coin on Manda, an island off Kenya. The silver and copper treasure is about one inch wide and has a hole in the middle, so it could be kept on a belt, say Field Museum and University of Illinois Chicago scientists. The "Yongle Tongbao" coin was issued by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty sometime between 1403 and 1425, well before Europeans sailed the seven seas. Manda was then home to an advanced civilization which, interestingly, disappeared just years after China ceased international trade. Without a reliable supply of counterfeit designer jeans, life probably just wasn't worth living. [Source]
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