600-year-old coin found: An old Chinese coin has been found in Manda, an island in Kenya. On March 13, ABC 7 Chicago reported that Scientists from Illinois are responsible for the discovery. This little piece of history is making top news here in The States as the discovery is rare and pretty cool.
"The coin is made of copper and silver. It has a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt. Scientists say it was issued by Emperor Yongle of China and his name is written on the coin," ABC 7 reported.
The 600-year-old coin found "proves trade existed between China and eastern Africa decades before European explorers set sail." This is something that helps piece together some history of these two civilizations hundreds of years ago. The discovery was made by a group of scientists on a expedition led by Chapurukha Kusimba. The group is on the Kenyan island looking for things of this nature.
Human remains and other artifacts were also discovered and scientists are piecing things together to try to learn more about the area and what may have occurred there several hundred years ago.
The 600-year-old coin found is just one discovery that will help scientists piece together the history of the land.
© Effie Orfanides 2013