Root Money, China, 1st century BCE

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Description (Brief)
One (1) root money
China, 1st century BCE
General Description: Described by Chinese authorities at Ou Hsin Ch'ien (Lily root money) as it resembles a lily root cut in two. Two divits are visible on each side of the "root." Object has a hole at the top, similar to other early coinage and non-monetary objects.
Currently not on view
Date made
1st century BCE
place made
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 54 mm x 15 mm x 13 mm; 2 1/8 in x 19/32 in x 1/2 in
ID Number
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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