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Modern Imitation QI (Chi) Knife Money, China, 19th century

Modern Imitation QI (Chi) Knife Money, China, 19th century

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Description (Brief)
One (1) modern imitation Qi (Chi) knife,
China, 683 - 263 BCE (19th century)
Obverse Image: Seal text.
Obverse Text: Romanization: CHIEH / MO / I / CHIH / CHI / HUA (OR) CH'U / HUA / HUA (Translation: Lucky coin or precious coin or currency of the city of Chieh Mo)
Reverse Image: Three lines, dot, and seal charater.
Reverse Text: Romanization: SAN / HUA (Translation: Three Hua).
General Information:Issued in the 9th year (BCE368) of Wei Wang of Qi (Ch'i)
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife money
date made
19th century
date on coin
683 - 263 BCE
place made
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 187 mm x 64 mm x 4 mm; 7 3/8 in x 2 17/32 in x 5/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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
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