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1046-771 BC - Primitive bone cowrie-shell coin (without teeth or holes), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC), China - Hartill #1.2

1046-771 BC - Primitive bone cowrie-shell coin (without teeth or holes), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC), China - Hartill #1.2

Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone without holes or "teeth". 20mm long, 1.61 grams. Hartill type #1.2.

Cowries were used as primitive money in China since the 2nd millenium BC. Later on, bronze cowrie-shaped coins and cowrie-shaped coins made out of carved bone (like this piece) were used as money. This piece is of very nice high quality!

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.

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