In a significant find, archaeologists in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, discovered a Japanese samurai’s fortune from August 2018. This treasure consists of medieval coins stored in a two-foot-wide ceramic jar from the fifteenth century, making it the most extensive discovery of its kind in Japan.
The jar held a vast collection of bronze coins, some of which originated from China’s Ming and Tang dynasties. This discovery provides insights into Japan’s Muromachi Period (1333-1573 AD) under the Ashikaga Shogunate, a time marked by power struggles and the establishment of samurai behavior rules. The coins are now exhibited at the Saitama Prefecture’s cultural treasury in Kumagaya.