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1046-771 BC - Primitive bone cowrie-shell imitation, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC) - Hartill #1.2

1046-771 BC - Primitive bone cowrie-shell imitation, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC) - Hartill #1.2

Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone. This is the primitive type with two holes and wide "teeth". 21mm long, 1.82 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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