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 weighabout 18 grams.