Lot 604: Ant Nose Chinese bronze coin, ghost face, 400-220 BC

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Description: Ant Nose Chinese bronze coin, ghost face, 400-220 BC Obverse: Ghost face; Three crude Chinese characters "Ge Liu Zhu" ("Each 6 zhu (by weight)") Reverse: Blank. Size: 20 mm x 11 mm, Weight: 3.15 grams. Issued: ca.400-220 BC. Schjöth #14; Hartill 1.5-1.7, but larger size; These bronze pieces with inscriptions are known as Yi Bi Qian (Ant Nose Money) or Gui Lian Qian (Ghost Face Money) were definitely used as money. They have been found in hoards, strung up, like the later cash with holes, in the areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead. The name Ant (and) Nose refers to the appearance of the inscriptions, and is nothing to do with keeping ants out of the noses of corpses. It is likely that these coins were actually meant to imitate the cowrie shells which were used as money for centuries earlier. This coin is unconditionally genuine.
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