Earliest large bone cowrie proto-coin, 2nd-1st millenium BCE, N-E. China

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Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone. This is the primitive type with two holes and wide "teeth". 26mm long, 2.18 grams. Hartill type #1.2; Jen #2; Schjoth #A-7; cf.Zeno 224038. SKU Q49-48634

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!

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