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A 600-year-old Chinese coin found on the Kenyan island of Manda shows that there was trade between China and east Africa before European explorers mapped that part of the world.

The small copper and silver coin was discovered during a joint expedition by the Field Museum and the University of Illinois and features a small hole in the center to allow it to be worn on a belt. The coin, called "Yongle Tongbao," was minted sometime between 1403 and 1425 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Yongle, according to a news release from the museum.