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Tyler32628 Sep 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

News that Roman coins being the face of Constantine were found in the ruins of a 12th-15th century Japanese castle. Now we have some thoughts on wargaming Roman armies in Japan!

altfritz28 Sep 2016 6:31 p.m. PST

There's a line in "Sahara" that relates to this…

altfritz28 Sep 2016 6:33 p.m. PST
Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2016 7:10 p.m. PST

Gold is gold. Silver is silver. Coins are convenient.
Or maybe the Japanese were numismatists and collectors.
"Look here, Sanjuro San! A 351AD Constantine IV obols minted in Ephesus!"

Personal logo Mardaddy Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2016 1:49 p.m. PST

Wait, wait, wait… You guys are missing some serious history here.

12th-15th century Okinawa. First off, they paid tribute to Japan during that timeframe intermittently, they were not "part" of Japan.

So these were 12th-15th century OKINAWAN castles.

Could have been brought by a failed Mongol invasion in 1296 (that's right, the only ones to win a land war in Asia failed to successfully take over little Okinawa.)

Could have been brought over by the Chinese, perhaps one of the, "Thirty Six Families," in 1392.

Or Siamese traders could have brought it over in 1404.

Maybe brought back from Okinawan trade ships being sent to Java in 1430, or Korea in 1431, or Malacca in 1463…

Streitax Inactive Member01 Oct 2016 5:24 a.m. PST

Or part of the Templar treasure, brought by the survivors of the Templar fleet in their attempt to get as far from the Pope King of France as they could. Proof that they were the first Europeans to circumnavigate the earth, well, semi-circumnavigate. First to the East. Unfortunately, the Okinawans were not receptive and quickly dispatched the scurvy ridden, exhausted survivors before melting down all the gold except for a few commemorative coins. I read that on the internet somewhere.

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