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China - Green Bone I
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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Flat Bone Cowry - do
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China - Shell imitat
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Solid Silver Cowrie -China
Solid Silver Cowrie -China

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This one is a bit of a mystery. I have not seen mention of this type of cowry. It appears to be well oxidized silver and stained from contact with other substances. It is solid and does not have a hole but attains the form of a shell, if not exactly the cowry. If authentic, this could be an issue of the Wang Mang period of coinage reform experimentation or another form of gift/grave cowry. 25 x 14 x 4 mm; 7.79 gm


Moneta Library has articles on Cowries, Wang Mang & Money Trees 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 ]
Also a Wang Mang Articles:
Wang Mang - Robert Tye: [ link ]
Nice Video on Cowrie history: [ link ]
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