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The E-Sylum (5/9/2010)

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Jackie Peterson, my old boss at my college programming job, knew me all too well. As I carried a large box under my arm she asked, "What's in there - a giant coin?" Well, here's a giant coin from China. -Editor

Tran Van Hoc, a farmer in Hong Linh town, which is located in the central province of Ha Tinh, picked up a giant ancient coin while he was working in the field.

Giant Chinese coin

Researchers said that this coin is from the Le Dynasty (1740-1786). The bronze coin is much bigger than normal coins. Its diameter is 12cm and it weighs 30gr. There is a square-shaped hole in the centre.

There are four Chinese scripts on one side, meaning "Canh Hung coin", and eight Chinese scripts on the other side, meaning "stability inside, peace outside, wealthy country and powerful army".

According to historians, this coin was not for circulation but was a symbolic coin. The Le Dynasty presented this coin to men who greatly contributed to the country.

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