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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |China| > CH110923
China, Yan State, Ming Knife Money, 400 - 220 B.C.
|China|, |China,| |Yan| |State,| |Ming| |Knife| |Money,| |400| |-| |220| |B.C.|, Ming knives are identified by a character that looks like an eye on the obverse. Traditionally this character has been identified as ming, hence the name for the type. Others identify the character as Yi. A mint for Ming knives was unearthed at Xiadu, to the south west of Beijing. This was the site of Yi, capital of the State of Yan from 360 B.C., so the reading of yi has found favor recently. Molds have also been discovered in Shandong. The coins have been found, often in great quantities, across much of northern China and even as far as Korea and Japan. A wide range of characters are found on the reverses. There are two different Ming knife shapes. The first, presumably the earlier, is curved like the pointed tip knives. The second has a straight blade and often a pronounced angled bend in the middle. This shape is known as qing, a chime stone. The alloy contains around 40% copper and they weigh around 16 grams.
CH110923. Bronze knife money, Hartill 4.42, Schjoth 51-61, Fisher 342, Paohua DCD 577, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, Ming mint, weight 16.446g, maximum diameter 139.7mm, die axis 0o, 400 - 220 B.C.; obverse Ming (bright) or Yi; reverse Suo Wu (left five); SOLD











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