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Rare archaic and primitive sea-shell cowrie-shell imitation with one hole, ca.2nd millennium BC, North-Eastern China

Rare archaic and primitive sea-shell cowrie-shell imitation with one hole, ca.2nd millennium BC, North-Eastern China

Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of carved and filed sea-shell with one hole for stringing. 34mm long, 3.78 grams. Hartill type #1.2var.

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 sea-shells (like this piece) were used as money. Rare local cowrie issue, a very early primitive type.

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.

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