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China, Kingdom of Zhou, Hollow-Headed Spade Coin Kongshoubu

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China, Kingdom of Zhou, Hollow-Headed Spade Coin Kongshoubu (obverse) China, Kingdom of Zhou, Hollow-Headed Spade Coin Kongshoubu (reverse)

The first spade coins appeared a little later than the knife coins. They initially bore no inscriptions and were thus a pre-coinage currency. Their size and shape resembled the spades that were in use on the fields at the time. Later the spade coins became smaller and more abstract in shape just as the knife coins. Additionally they were then marked with indications of value, place and validity, and with that became proper coins.

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