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This practice continued through the subsequent dynasties down to the end of the last dynasty, the Qing Dynasty Chinese Coins and Chinese Charms Chinese "charms", as a form independent of coins, did not really appear until the Han Dynasty.
But, even some of the earliest forms of metal money such as spades and knives had charm-like qualities in that they had "auspicious" or "good luck" characters and inscriptions. This website primarily explores facets of Chinese culture through an examination of Chinese charms.
While Chinese charms evolved into a number of different shapes and forms over a period of 2, years, the most common shape continued to resemble the familiar shape of ancient Chinese coins which were round with a square hole in the center.
Because of the close relationship between Chinese coins and charms, a variety of old Chinese coins from the various dynasties are discussed in different topics and on different pages of this website to provide a clearer picture of the background and historical context from which Chinese charms emerged.
Many visitors to this website, however, have a specific interest in these ancient Chinese coins themselves. In order to facilitate their research, I am providing links on this page to the Chinese coins scattered throughout the website. Additionally, I have included on this page the images and a short introduction to other old Chinese coins in my collection which have not been discussed on other pages but which visitors may also find of interest.
Cowrie shells had certain qualities which made them desirable as objects of value. They were white and glossy, were fairly uniform in size and weight, and, if ground flat on one side to form an opening, large numbers of cowrie shells could be easily strung together to make carrying convenient.
Because conditions for transportation and trade were very primitive at the time, cowrie shells became more and more valuable the further inland they were carried.
During Shang times, it was considered an honor for officials to be bestowed cowrie shells by their superiors. By the time of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty BC - BChowever, cowrie shells were being replaced by imitation shells made of bone or metal.
Even so, there are records indicating that real cowrie shells continued to be used as money even as late as the Yuan AD and Ming Dynasties AD in parts of Yunnan Province. The earliest man-made forms of money were actually "imitation" cowrie shells made of bone such as the example here.
This example of bone shell money has a length of 23 mm, a width of 15 mm and a weight of 2. The zhu was an ancient measure of weight and each of these early forms of money would have been the equivalent of six zhu. This particular example has a length of This is another example of Ant Nose Money.
This specimen has a length of 18 mm, a width of This type of spade money is characterized by an arched or rounded crotch between the two legs. Liang was one of the ancient states of China. The "yi jin" means "one" jin with a jin being a unit of weight.
This spade money has a length of 56 mm and a width of 35 mm. The weight is This is an example of a flat handled spade money from the Zhou Dynasty. The characteristic of this type of spade money is that it has a round handle, round shoulders and round feet.
This type of spade money may have been cast during the late Warring States period in the States of Qin and Zhao. The reverse side of the spade coin is shown at the near left and appears to be inscribed with a number s.
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Chinese "charms", as a form independent of coins, did not really appear until the Han Dynasty. But, even some of the earliest forms of metal money such as spades and knives had charm-like qualities in that they had "auspicious" or "good luck" characters and inscriptions.