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Bronze Cowry of Anci
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Ancient Stone carved
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Ancient Stone carved
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Flat Bone Cowrie - C
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Solid Silver Cowrie
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Gold covered Bronze Cowry

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This is a recently acquired and second example of a gold leaf covered bronze cowry shell of ancient China.
These are not completely understood as to their place in monetary history. Most likely they were used after real cowries had been replaced by imitations of made of many materials. They are most often found in graves which conveys the respect, associated with value, shown to the deceased. Actually, these very early objects of value' are the first bimetallic and clad 'coins' in history.
Moneta Library has articles on Cowries to VIEW and DOWNLOAD:
Cowries - Bob Reis: [ link ]
Origin of Cowries in Ancient China - UofPa: [ link ]
Metallic Cowries - Royal Asiatic Society: [ link ]
Nice Video on Cowrie history: [ link ]
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