AN­CIENT RO­MAN COINS FOUND AT JA­PAN CAS­TLE

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TOKYO: Ja­panese ar­chae­ol­o­gists said yes­ter­day they have for the first time un­earthed an­cient Ro­man coins at the ru­ins of an old cas­tle. The dis­cov­ery of 10 bronze and cop­per coins – the old­est dat­ing from about 300-400 AD – in Ok­i­nawa caught re­searchers by sur­prise. It was the first time Ro­man Em­pire coins have been dis­cov­ered in Ja­pan, thou­sands of kilo­me­tres from where they were likely minted. Ar­chae­ol­o­gist Hiroki Miyagi at first thought they were “one-cent coins dropped by US sol­diers. “But af­ter wash­ing them in wa­ter, I re­alised they were much older.” – AFP

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