Rare ancient olive bone cowrie w/one large hole, Jin State, ca.771-476 BC, China

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Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of bone. This is a very rare type, with a deep groove in the middle and with overall concave shape. 22mm long, 1.75 grams. Hartill type #1.2var. SKU 30800

Attributed to Jin State, since these are commonly found in Shanxi, on the territory of the ancient Jin state. Jin State was a major state during the middle part of the Zhou dynasty, based near the centre of what was then China, on the lands attributed to the legendary Xia dynasty: the southern part of modern Shanxi. Although it grew in power during the Spring and Autumn period, its aristocratic structure saw it break apart when the duke lost power to his nobles. In 453 bc, Jin was split into three successor states: Han, Zhao and Wei. The Partition of Jin marks the end of the Spring and Autumn Period and the beginning of the Warring States period. 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 stone (like this piece) were used as money. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.

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