Primitive bone cowrie-shell coin, W.Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC), China - Hartill #1.2

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Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone without holes, with "teeth". 20mm long, 2.28 grams. Hartill type #1.2; FD-2; Jen #1. SKU T959-51887

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.