China

Ancient Chinese coin were probably the earliest of all coins. These coins, used as early as the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BCE), took the form of imitations of the cowrie shells that were used in ceremonial exchanges. The Spring and Autumn period also saw the introduction of the first metal coins. Round metal coins with a round, and then later square hole in the center were first introduced around 350 BCE. The Chinese coins are available in all price ranges, from a few dollars up - they are among the most collectible and popular coins in the world. We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of all Chinese coins we sell - you can buy them with confidence from specialists in Asian coinage.