A jar containing ancient copper coins was unearthed in Dong Hoi city of the central province of Quang Binh.

According to Director of Quang Binh Museum Tran Anh Tuan, the jar was discovered by Nguyen Thanh Hai, a resident in Loc Ninh commune, when he was digging earth to build the foundation for his new house.

The brown 35 cm high terracotta jar contains seven round copper coins with square holes in the middle. The coins, all rusty, are of different sizes and thickness and have sophisticated carved patterns.

Initial studies shows the coins date back thousand years ago. Among them, five coins are believed to be from Chinese Bei Song dynasty in the 10th – 11th centuries. Another one is from Chinese Ming dynasty (1402 – 1424).

The remaining is a Vietnamese coin issued under the reign of King Le Thanh Tong (1460 – 1497) with clear and fine decorative pattern.-VNA