The coinage of early China is not well understood, although things have improved signficantly in recent years.
This site puts forward our observations and ideas that have evolved over time from many different sources, combining them with ideas put forward by other numismatists.
This was the first clue that eventually led to the discovery of a mysterious ancient kingdom.
Generations of Chinese archaeologists searched the area without success until 1986, when workers accidentally found the pits containing thousands of artifacts that had been broken, burned, and then carefully buried.
Among the collection was also the world’s largest and best preserved bronze upright human figure, measuring 2.62 metres (8 feet).
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Secondly, it must contain an intrinsic value bearing some relationship to the circulating value, and while that intrinsic value can be less than the circulating value if it falls too far below the item becomes a token rather than a coin.
The third it must have an understood denomination so that it need not be weighed at every transaction, otherwise it is only a bullion item.
This is a reference guide to the cast coins of China from the Zhou Dynasty, including knife and spade coins, not a listing of coins offered for sale (although a listing of examples we currently have available can be viewed on our : our vcoins store.