Rare original bone cowrie w/o teeth, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC), China

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Primitive earliest Chinese coinage - cowrie shell imitation made out of deer bone. This is the primitive type without the holes or "teeth". 19mm long, 1.10 grams. Hartill type #1.2. SKU 30555A

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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