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Imperial China, Zhou Dynasty: Gui Lian Qian (400-220BC), (Hartill-1.4)

The so-called "Ant Nose Money" or "Ghost Face Money".  It looks more like a Thark from John Carter...

Obv: "Ghost Face"
Rev: Blank

Inscriptions and archaeological evidence show that cowrie shells were regarded as important objects of value in the Shang dynasty (c. 1766-1154 BC).  In the Zhou period, they are frequently referred to as gifts or rewards from kings and nobles to their subjects.  Later imitations in bone, stone or bronze were probably used as money in some instances.

Similar bronze pieces with inscriptions, known as 蟻鼻錢 Yi Bi Qian (Ant Nose Money) or 鬼臉錢 Gui Lian Qian (Ghost Face Money) were definitely used as money. They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead.

The name Ant (and) Nose refers to the appearance of the inscriptions, and is nothing to do with keeping ants out of the noses of corpses

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