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Started by Medalstrike, October 02, 2009, 05:12:46 PM
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Quote from: Figleaf on October 02, 2009, 05:46:14 PMWhile the official name is indeed Tongbei (Pinyin) or T'ung Pei (Wade-Giles), their popular names are ant-nose money or demon face money. All names derive from the characters Pei (cowry) and T'ung (significance unknown, possible the name of a town, look like an ant's face, while the coin was said to be as small as an ant) as well as the hole. The hole was used for threading, just like cowries were usually holed and threaded.Peng Xin Wei distinguishes 7 types. The coin posted in my opinion looks most like the smallest of these, number 6.Peter