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China - Jade or Calc
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[ Archaic: Imitation Cowries ]
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China or Thailand -
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[ Archaic: Imitation Cowries ]
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China - Oval lead co
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China - Bronze Cowri
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China - Oval Lead Co
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[ Archaic: Imitation Cowries ]
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China - Clay cowrie
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CHINA - Bone Cowries x3

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'The nicest one at the top of the photo is 21 mm x 15 mm x 7 mm, it weighs 2.22 g. Bone cowries are fairly common and preserve well.
I was the lucky winner in Kagin's Auction (Mar 2021) Lot# 4233. It consisted of 19 examples that were previously in the Nate S Shapiro Collection and displayed at the Detroit Money Museum. These were acquired before 1960 but were sold when the Museum closed (~1992). In ancient China cowrie seashells (Cypraea Moneta & C. Annulus) were so valuable that imitations were made to serve as money and grave items.
All of the number tags, unfortunately glued to most of the specimens in the museum collection, are a characteristic of all Charles Opitz collection pieces.


Moneta Library has articles on Cowries to VIEW and DOWNLOAD:
The Worlds's First Money, Chinese Cowries and Their Imitations - by Ted Puls [ link ]
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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