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Chinese Knife Money

(300 BC - 200 BC)


Before the introduction of round coins, the Chinese used a variety of other shapes of money. The most common shape was perhaps knife money, which itself comes in a variety of forms. The following  examples are called pointed knifes becasue the blade end of the knife has a point. There are a number of slight variations to the pointed knifes but all forms look similar. Some have a single character while other do not. The two examples below  heavy patinas and no visable characters. The knifes both weigh about 18 grams.