A 600-year-old coin has been found by researchers, which dates back to the time of the China’s Emperor Yongle in 1400s.
Scientists in the Kenyan island of Manda have found a rare 600-year-old Chinese coin during a joint expedition led by Chapurukha Kusimba of the Field Museum in Chicago and Sloan Williams of the University of Illinois-Chicago.
“It is exciting,” Kusimba said. “But whether it turns out to be fake it is still extremely exciting. It speaks to the competition going on between merchants, the kind of competition that is still visible today.”
They also found human remains and other artifacts predating the coin.
Researchers say the coin proves trade existed between China and eastern Africa decades before European explorers set sail.
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.
Scientists from Kenya, Pennsylvania and Ohio also participated in the expedition. They also found human remains and other artifacts predating the coin.
The Yongle Emperor, born Zhu Di, was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in China, reigning from 1402 to 1424. He is buried in the Changling Tomb, the central and largest mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty Tombs located north of Beijing.