Gold gilding Silver, Chen Yuan, State Chu 1030 BC-223 BC China Spring an

Gold gilding Silver, Chen Yuan, State Chu 1030 BC-223 BC China Spring and Autumn

Ancient China
Gold gilding Ying Yuan - Chu Gold gilt Block Money

Chen Yuan 爰陳

Hartill 5.5, State of Chu, 1030 BC–223 BC


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Reference: Hartill 5.5

Weight: 5 grams; Size: 15 x 15 x 3 mm; Material: Gold gilding Silver

State of Chu, 1030 BC–223 BC

Inscription: Chen Yuan 爰陳

Ying (Chinese: 郢, Yǐng) was a capital city of the State of Chu during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods of Chinese History.


Gold Ying Yuan Chu Gold plating Block Money

the Earliest Gold Coin in China

Ying Yuan (Chinese: 郢爰; pinyin: yǐng yuán) is one kind of gold coin issued by the mint of the Chinese state of Chu. The oldest ones presently known are from about the 5th or 6th century BCE. They consist of sheets of gold 3 mm thick, of various sizes, with inscriptions consisting of square or round stamps in which there are one or two characters. They have been unearthed in various locations south of the Yellow River indicating that they were products of the State of Chu. One of the characters in their inscription is often a monetary unit or weight which is normally read as yuan (Chinese: 爰; pinyin: yuán). Pieces are of a very variable size and thickness, and the stamps appear to be a device to validate the whole block, rather than a guide to enable it to be broken up into unit pieces.

State of Chu, 1030 BC–223 BC

Chu (Chinese: 楚, Old Chinese: *S-r̥aʔ) was an ancient Chinese state in theYangtze Valley during the Zhou dynasty. Originally Chu was considered aviscounty but, starting from King Wu in the early 8th century BC, the rulers of Chu declared themselves kings on an equal footing with the Zhou rulers. Originally known as Jing (荆) and then as Jingchu (荆楚), Chu occupied vast areas of land at its height, including most of the present-day provinces ofHubei and Hunan, along with parts of Chongqing, Guizhou, Henan, Anhui,Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai. For more than 400 years, the Chu capital Danyang was located at the junction region of the Dan and Xi Rivers[3][4] near present-day Xichuan County, Henan, but it was then moved to Ying. The ruling house of Chu originally bore the ancestral name Nai (嬭) and clan name Yan (酓), but these later became Mi (芈) and Xiong (熊), respectively.




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Gold gilding Silver, Chen Yuan, State Chu 1030 BC-223 BC China Spring an



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