Spade Money, China, 400 BCE (counterfeit)

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Description (Brief)
One (1) counterfeit spade money (pu coin)
China, 400 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
Currently not on view
date made
400 BCE
associated date
-0400 - -0340
place made
associated place
Unlinked Place
political area
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 59.5 mm x 39 mm x 1 mm; 2 11/32 in x 1 17/32 in x 1/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Smith, Mrs. E. D.
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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