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A hoard of three tons

On December 22, 2010 a kiln filled with three tons (sic!) of bronze coins was discovered... more ]

Ancient Chinese Coin Found on Kenyan Island by Field Museum Expedition

A joint expedition of scientists has unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. According to the excavators the coin proves that trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. However, doubts remain … more ]

The History of Chinese Coinage

Quite rightly, China prides itself of its long history, impressively evidenced by the Chinese monetary tradition that took a different route than our western one. In three parts Ursula Kampmann describes this intriguing development. more ]

Coins of the Mongol Empire at the Ashmolean

A special exhibition in the Ashmolean Museum’s Money Gallery is dedicated to coins of the Mongol Empire running through 12 June 2016. The Mongols dominated nearly a quarter of the earth and their coins reflect the many languages and faiths in their realm. more ]

International Symposium “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity”

In Changchun (China) an International Symposium on “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity” will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Central questions deal with globalisation and cultural exchange between East and West. more ]

Chinese coins from a scholar’s study at the Ashmolean

“Chinese coins from the scholar’s study” is a new exhibition at the Money Gallery in the Ashmolean Museum. This special display presents Chinese antiquarian taste for coin collecting and is open until September 24th, 2017. more ]

The monetary history of China

Are you interested in the monetary history of China? It encompasses everything you can imagine: from pre-monetary currency to the first bills. François Thierry has compiled all this in a handbook spanning 700 pages. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

A Very Different Work on the History of China

Do you also struggle with remembering all of the different Chinese dynasties? A brand-new aid has just been published: comics about the history of China by Jing Liu. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

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