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50kg of ancient coins uncovered in northern Vietnam

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 14:32 GMT+7
50kg of ancient coins uncovered in northern Vietnam
The 50-kilogram 'treasure' of ancient coins unearthed by chance by Luong Manh Hai, a resident in Duy Tien District in the northern province of Ha Nam

A resident in a northern Vietnamese province recently bumped into a 50-kilogram “treasure” of ancient coins while digging in his garden.

Luong Manh Hai, 39, who resides in Duy Tien District in Ha Nam Province, accidentally unearthed the find last Friday while he and some others were do the digging work in his garden to build a water reservoir.

The assemblage was kept in a porcelain jar buried some 80 centimeters underground.

The jar smashed when the group struck it while digging, revealing its content.

The round coins measure 2.4 centimeters in diameter and are 0.1 centimeters thick.

They all have a square hole at the center and feature ancient Chinese characters on their faces.  

Several scrap dealers have offered to purchase Hai’s find, but he keeps declining and is waiting for authorities’ precise dating of the coins.

Một số đồng xu tiền cổ anh Hải đào được - Ảnh: CHIẾN TRẦN

Some of Hai's newly excavated coins. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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