China, Zhou Dynasty or later. (after 400 BC). Ant-Nose money.

Ancient Coins - China, Zhou Dynasty or later. (after 400 BC). Ant-Nose money.
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Date : ca. 300 BC is a generally accepted period for ant-nose money, but this type is by far the most common, and was probably made for a long time.  The type could have first been made long before 300 BC, and was probably still in use well after 300 BC, most likely down to either the Chin or even early Western Han periods.

Denomination : Bronze 'ANT NOSE' money of Ban-Liang denomination.

Reference : Schjoth lists this type under his coins of "doubtful origin" (meaning he did not know where to place them) #15.

Size : 16.6 x 11.6 mm.  Weight : 2.04 grams.

Grade : F, slighty crusty.

Obverse : The reading of the obverse inscription is questionable, but it may be a form of "PAN-LIANG".  If this reading is correct, these have to be true coins, as "pan-liang" is a coin denomination.

Reverse : blank.

This is the commonest of the seven related types and and because of a character that looks like a nose and two eyes, it is commonly refered to as the NOSE of the Ant-Nose money (the second commonest type looks like an ant is walking across it). This series of coins evolves from the cowrey shell and it's imitations.

Price SKU: vcoin4199
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