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China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money
This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH89397. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, F, earthen encrustation, weight 2.223g, maximum diameter 17.1mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian (ghost face money); reverse plain; SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, June 17, 2019.
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