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How did the coins, some dating to the third or fourth century, wind up half a world away in a medieval Japanese castle on the island of Okinawa?Four of the coins are from the third to fourth-century Roman Empire.The coins, which are on display at the Uruma City Yonagusuku Historical Museum through Nov. 25, were dug up from about a meter underground in a layer believed to be from the 14th to 15th century.The Ottoman coin is inscribed with the year equivalent to 1687, Yokoo said.Researchers are also seeking an explanation for why coins from two distinct eras were found near each other, and how a 17th-century coin could have been in a layer believed to be 200 to 300 years older than that.
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