Authentic ancient jade Bi (ring), proto-money or wealth storage, 200 BC, China

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Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - a piece of jade carved into a shape of a coin, with a hole for stringing. 32mm in diameter, 6.65 grams, carved out of a thick piece of jade. SKU hv8028

Smaller round pieces of jade in shape of coins (bi) are found in tombs from the Western Han period. This type is the latest, made of polished jade. Noone is sure what the purpose of these rings was, but because of their shape and their find-spots it is thought they were used as primitive coins, wealth storage or exchange mediums.

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