Qi (Ch'i) Knife, China, c. 900-800 BCE

Qi (Ch'i) Knife, China, c. 900-800 BCE

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Description (Brief)
One (1) Qi (Ch'i) knife,
China, ca 900 - 800 BCE
Obverse Image: Three Seal characters.
Obverse Text: Romanization: CH'I / FA / HUO (Translation: The authorized currency of Ch'i)
Reverse Image: Seal character.
Rverse Text: Romanization: SHENG (Translation: to grow.)
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife money
qi (ch'i) tao
date made
ca 900 - 800 BCE
associated date
place made
associated place
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 85 mm x 32 mm x 4 mm; 3 11/32 in x 1 1/4 in x 5/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Sebald, William J.
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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