Ancient coins unearthed at Beikthano World Heritage Site reveal hidden history

According to the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, archaeologists excavated three ancient coins from the Beikthano World Heritage Site in Taungdwingyi Township, Magway Region, on 19 December.
The department stated that two appeared to be made of gold and the other of silver. They discovered them 25 centimetres underground at the Unexcavated Mound 002.
The coins have diameters of 2.2 centimetres, 1.8 cm, and 3.2 cm, respectively. The gold coins have the same features despite their differing sizes.
Upon discovery, the smaller gold coin was split in half, while the silver exhibited damage at the bottom. The department said they would assess the coins with experts to confirm their ages further.
Archaeologists have unearthed almost 50 Pyu-era coins at the Beikthano site. They are excited about the current finding since it can help rediscover the site’s historical heritage. — ASH/NT


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