Bill Maurer

Bill Maurer is a professor of anthropology at the University of California Irvine, [dean of social sciences] and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. Maurer is not involved in the Guanzhuang excavations but is quoted in the August 6 issue of National Geographic magazine as saying, “Finding both coins and their molds is what allowed the researchers to radiocarbon date the mint, lending weight to their assertion that it’s the oldest known in the world.”

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