CHINA QIN State and Dynasty circa 300-206 BC BAN LIANG with extra lines


CHINA, QIN State and Dynasty, circa 300-206 BC, cash, no date (circa 336-221 BC), Obverse: BAN LIANG, Obverse: BAN LIANG, there is a 1mmx10mm vertical line from center of the hole to the edge on top and bottom, Reverse: blank, bronze, 31mm, 8mm hole, 4.75g, H-Qin11v, GF-unlisted, crude F

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The Ban Liang coins, originally half of a Chinese ounce, shrank and grew through several centuries before being replaced by the Wu Zhu.

At the end Zhou period Qin state became dominant. Qin Shi Huangdi became first Emperor of united China. The Han Dynasty followed, China grew prosperous. A minister, Wang Mang, usurped the throne 7-25 AD. His administrative experimentation brought famine and war. Han returned. The political situation deteriorated until China broke up into independent regions.

The oldest Chinese coins are at least as old as the earliest Greek coins. The Chinese coinage system differed from other systems in two ways. It was monometallic, only bronze coins circulated in general commerce. Gold and silver were treated as commodities. And the manufacturing method was by casting in moulds rather than by striking heated solid planchets. The main reference I use in attributing and describing these coins is the book: Chinese Cast Coins, by David Hartill.