Spade Money, China, 770 - 225 BCE

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)
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Object Name
spade money
date made
770 - 255 BCE
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place made
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 78 mm x 53 mm x 2 mm; 3 1/16 in x 2 3/32 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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East Asian Coins
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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