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China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ant Nose Money
This form of early Chinese 'money' is nicknamed Ant Nose Money. The markings are possibly the characters "Ge liu zhu " (six zhu - weight). 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."
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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