Sep 27, 2016

The first discovery of ancient Roman coins in Japan

Archaeologists excavating at the site of the Katsuren Castle in Uruma City in Okinawa have found something fairly unusual: four copper coins that are apparently from the 3rd and 4th century ancient Rome.

This is the first time ever that Roman coins have been found in Japan. Based on X-rays they took, the coins show a portrait that looks like the Roman Emperor Constantine I and a soldier holding a spear.

So how exactly did these coins end up here? Reportedly, it’s likely that they were transported to Japan sometime in the Middle Ages, during the time of expansive trade between Okinawa and the West.

Via Mainichi.

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