Spade Money, China, 770 - 225 BCE

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Description (Brief)
One (1) spade money (pu coin)
China, 770 - 255 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: NIEH / CHIN (Translation: Money of Nieh, the modern city Wu-hsiang in Shansi)
Reverse Image: Three lines extend from handle to bottom corners and center of spade.
Reverse Text: Romanization: MOU (Translation: The modern city Teng-chou in Shan-tung)
Location
Currently not on view
date made
770 - 255 BCE
place made
China
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 69.9 mm x 47.5 mm x 2 mm; 2 3/4 in x 1 7/8 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
NU.32055.17
accession number
32055
catalog number
32055.17
Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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Data Source
National Museum of American History