Spade Money, China, 400 - 340 BCE

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Description (Brief)
One (1) spade money (pu coin)
China, 400 - 340 BCE
Obverse Image: Three lines extend from handle to bottom corners and center of spade; between them are two inscriptions in Seal character.
Obverse Text: Romanization: LIANG / CH'U / CHIN / WU / ERH / SHIH / TANG / LUEH (Transaltion: Either, "Hoes (spades) of Liang's Treasury: 20 equal to a Lueh," of "Valuable Chin of Liang equal to 5 pieces: two equal to ten").
Reverse Image: N/A
Reverse Text: N/A
General Information: Denomination: 2 chin; Metal: ae; Date: 400 - 340 BC; Origin: 400 - 340 BC
Location
Currently not on view
date made
400 - 340 BCE
place made
China
political area
Unlinked Place
city
Unlinked Place
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 63.3 mm x 38.5 mm x 2 mm; 2 1/2 in x 1 17/32 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
NU.32055.3
catalog number
32055.3
accession number
32055
Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History