Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone. This is the primitive type without the holes or "teeth". 20mm long, 1.17 grams. Hartill type #1.2. SKU 44451
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.
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