17th Century Indonesian Coins Found on the Banks of the Thames

Guardian Unlimited: Ninety rare 17th century coins from Java have been found buried in mud on the banks of London's River Thames. "In my romantic imaginings, I like to think of some princely merchant from Java deciding to come to London, and assuming his cash was currency anywhere," said Hazel Forsyth, curator of post-medieval history at the Museum of London. "Most likely, they were just brought back as a curio to one of the many collectors of that date."

The coins will soon be on display at the Museum in Docklands, part of the Museum of London. See link above for full story.