5,500 coins unearthed in Tibetan monastery

More than 5,500 coins weighing 26.6 kilograms and believed to be at least two centuries old have been unearthed during construction at a monastery near the base of Mount Everest in Tibet.

The round coins, which depict floral patterns, were discovered by workers that were digging a hole at Rongpo Monastery on April 27.

Wang Kun, head of Dingri, told Xinhua the coin’s inscriptions suggest they are from the 18th century, during the rule of the Ganden Phodrang regime.

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