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China - Bronze Imita
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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China - Solid Bronze
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Zhou Silver covered
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China - Black Bone I
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Chinese Cowries - op
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Chinese Stone Cowry
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China - Ming Knife Money, State of Qi or Yan

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T. P. Collection. This is an example of Ming Knife money (Type 5). Hartill #4.45
These knives take their name from the obverse character "Ming." There are many different reverse characters documented in David Hartill's "Cast Chinese Coins." This knife is 116mm x 16 mm. A hoard of these knives was found at Jiaqing in Boshan in eastern Shandong. Current research has these cast between 284 and 279 B.C.E. by the State of Yan while it occupied most of the territory of Qi.
Some of the earliest money was made in China, where coins were cast in the shape of tools such as spades and knives. Utilitarianly worthless, these token objects recollected real implements with actual utility value, items that had traditionally been bartered for livestock and land. The change to a make-believe version in the 7th century BCE increased commerce by easing exchange “ i.e., friction was reduced by lightning the load“ but these coins reminded people at every trade that money was merely symbolic. Knife and spade money arguably countered the abstraction of wealth and the concomitant distortion of values. [NNP, Newman Numismatic Portal article]
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