Hartill 3.377 Square foot spade money Rang Yin, Liang State Zhou dynasty 350 BC
Zhou dynasty of China (1045 to 256 BC)
Square foot spade money
Rang Yin 壤 隂, state of Zheng
Weight: 5 grams, Size: 46 mm; Bronze
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Reference: Hartill 3.377
Obv: Rang Yin
Square foot spades
Square foot spades: This type has square feet, a square crutch, and a central line on the obverse. The reverses are normally only three lines, apart from on spades produced by some mints in the state of Zhao that also produced pointed foot spades. These have numerals on the reverse. The mints that produced square foot spades are more numerous than those that produced the pointed foot spades. Their weights are compatible with the half jin denomination. They are associated with the states of Han, Zhao, Liang, Zhou, and Yan. Their find spots include the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, and Zhejiang. The type is no doubt contemporary with the pointed foot spades; some mints issued both types, and the two are found together in hoards.
Flat handled spade money