CHINA, ancient bronze shield money


CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, shield money, no date, a flat, thin trilobe shape, one lobe is holed with stippled decoration, others with central nipple, plain back, bronze, 30x32mm, 5.52g, nice F

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There are a variety of small bronze items that have been speculatively considered to have been some kind of local money, but they are not mentioned in the classical Chinese monetary and numismatic books. Notwithstanding, some of these objects are found in such large quantities that it seems reasonable to consider them as money objects. The idea that enigmatic bronze objects were early forms of Chinese “money” was popularized in Europe by a monograph written by H. A. Ramsden in 1912.