Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone. This is the primitive type without the holes or "teeth". 18mm long, 1.18 grams. Hartill type #1.2. SKU 44440
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.
Please visit our ebay store for more interesting ancient coins: http://stores.ebay.com/Numismall-ACC-coins
Unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and as described.