An Australian soldier discovered a handful of coins in the sand. They date back to the 900s to 1300s, and come from the former Kilwa sultanate, on an island off Tanzania. They were the first coins ever produced in the area and  have only twice been found outside Africa. Archaeologists have long suspected there may have been early maritime trading routes that linked East Africa, Arabia, India and the Spice Islands even 1,000 years ago. Or the coins could’ve washed ashore after a shipwreck.

An Australian soldier discovered a handful of coins in the sand. They date back to the 900s to 1300s, and come from the former Kilwa sultanate, on an island off Tanzania. They were the first coins ever produced in the area and have only twice been found outside Africa. Archaeologists have long suspected there may have been early maritime trading routes that linked East Africa, Arabia, India and the Spice Islands even 1,000 years ago. Or the coins could’ve washed ashore after a shipwreck.

1966: Australian 50 cent piece. Originally a round coin, now a dodecagon coin

1966: Australian 50 cent piece. Originally a round coin, now a dodecagon coin

Australia Bundle - Over 60 pages of Australian activities, information slides, worksheets and printables.

Australia Bundle - History, Geography and Indigenous Population Information

Australia Bundle - Over 60 pages of Australian activities, information slides, worksheets and printables.

Unofficial Australian Pattern 'Crown' Proof Dollar, commissioned by the Australian Coin Review. Designed by Andor Mészáros and minted by Pinches of London in 1967.

Unofficial Australian Pattern 'Crown' Proof Dollar, commissioned by the Australian Coin Review. Designed by Andor Mészáros and minted by Pinches of London in 1967.

Old Australian Coins One shilling (now 10 cents)

Detalles acerca de Baloncesto NBA Hoops 1989 Lote 2 paquetes sin abrir David Robinson mostrando 138 & 310- mostrar título original

Three pence  old australian coin

Detalles acerca de Baloncesto NBA Hoops 1989 Lote 2 paquetes sin abrir David Robinson mostrando 138 & 310- mostrar título original

WWII Trench Art Necklace. Made by an Australian soldier, using the tools and materials at hand for his mother

ON HOLD WWII Trench Art Necklace. New Guinea 1944. Australian Threepence Coin. Lucite

WWII Trench Art Necklace. Made by an Australian soldier, using the tools and materials at hand for his mother

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