Vietnamese man finds 1,000-year-old coins buried in garden

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Ancient coins found in the backyard of a house in Nghe An Province in north-central Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

A man in the north-central province of Nghe An Sunday found a treasure trove of old copper coins buried in his backyard estimated to be around 1,000 years old.

The coins -- ten kilograms of them -- are round 2.4 centimeters across with square holes in the center and Chinese carvings that remain clear though many have oxidized and stuck together, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Nguyen Quang Tung, 36, said he found the coins in a clay jar 1.2 meters under the ground while gardening.

Dao Tam Tinh, director of the Nghe An Library and an antique researcher, said the coins include some minted by the Song Dynasty which ruled China between 960 and 1279 CE.

Tung said during feudal times the area was occupied by a family of rich landlords who could have hidden their money.

His discovery has drawn many curious people, including some antique collectors who have offered up to VND10 million (US$476) for the coins.

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