Treasured Discovery in the Land of the Rising Sun

Many forget that when times are tough cash is a great asset. When the world goes crazy, hard currency can open doors which will remain firmly shut otherwise. That is why people throughout history have buried coins and other valuables in their backyards or kept them in hidden nooks in the houses, since they can grab it and run or come back and dig it up to make a new start when things finally calm down.

In 2018, a cache of Japanese coins was found buried six feet deep in the soil. Likely hidden to provide the samurai who owned them with some means of supporting himself when events were less chaotic, the copper coins have turned green due to oxidization.

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Found by archaeologists. Credit: Shoichi Tanaka

Archaeologists Dig Up Samauri’s Jar Filled With Over 200,000 Bronze Coins

Oct 26, 2020

Ian Harvey

The fortune of a Japanese samurai was found by archaeologists in the Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo in August of 2018 and has been named the largest haul of medieval coins ever found in Japan.

The coins were found in a large two foot wide ceramic jar dating back to the fifteenth century. The copper in the bronze coins found inside has turned bright green due to the natural oxidation process of verdigris.

The jar had been buried over six feet deep possibly to hide the warrior’s riches which were in danger due to the civil unrest in Japan at the time.

The coins, which have an opening in the center, were strung on rope and included a few varied coins from China’s Ming and Tang dynasties. In total the archaeologists who found the hoard believe there are over one hundred thousand coins but a wooden tablet buried along with the coins.

Including the Japanese words, “nihyaku rokuju” for the number 260 could refer to the measurements of 260 kan which are units of one thousand and would identify that there are two hundred and sixty thousand coins in the jar.

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