Spade Money, China, 770 - 225 BCE (authenticity in question)

Spade Money, China, 770 - 225 BCE (authenticity in question)

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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: HAN / TAN (Transaltion: Was the capital city of the State of Chao (BCE 403), the modern Kuang P'ing Fu in Chih'li)
Reverse Image: One line in handle, and one line to right and left of spade body.
Reverse Text: N/A
General Information: Authenticity in question.
Currently not on view
Object Name
spade money
date made
770 - 255 BCE
place made
political area
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 82 mm x 48 mm x 2 mm; 3 7/32 in x 1 7/8 in x 3/32 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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