600-year-old Coin Found: Illinois scientists discovers rare coin in Kenya

By on Mar 14, 2013 in Amazing, Archaelogy, Science, World Comments
600-year-old coin found

600-year-old coin found in Kenya
Credit: The Field Museum, John Weinstein

A 600-year-old coin was found in Kenya, as announced by the Field Museum in Chicago on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The rare 600-year-old coin, made of copper and silver, was also known as “Yongle Tongbao“.

Scientists from the Sloan Williams museum of the University of Illinois unearthed the 600-year-old coin on the island of Manda in Kenya. The group of Illinois researchers, led by Chapurukha Kusimba, was joined by other scientists from Kenya, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Kusimba is reportedly the museum’s curator of African Anthropology.

In a statement, Kusimba explained that if “it turns out to be fake it is still extremely exciting. It speaks to the competition going on between merchants, the kind of competition that is still visible today.”

The center of the coin has a square hole for the purpose of wearing it on a belt.

Researchers say that the old coin was issued to Emperor Yongle of China since his name appeared on it. The emperor ruled from 1403 to 1425 during the Ming Dynasty.

Other items discovered by the joint exploration include human remains and other artifacts.

The recent coin discovery revealed the centuries old trade between China and eastern Africa.



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