CHINA, ancient bronze tube bead pair


CHINA, ZHOU-HAN, c. 1000-200 AD, tube bead pair, segmented cylinders in 2 styles, bronze, 5x39mm, 6x52mm, 6.18g, 9.42g, VF

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The segmenting looks like guides for cutting off sections of the tube to “make change.”

When bronze first appeared it was a precious metal, but as time went on there got to be more and more around. It started accumulating in jewelry collections, then there was so much of it that people made coins to spend on more important things.

China is like the world: it has everything in it. The current evidence shows that there were people “everywhere” by about 12,000 years ago. In China they started writing stuff down about 5000 years ago, roughly the same time as Egypt and Sumer. The Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations are gone, but China is still here.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.