RARE Early China 400 BC Liang Zheng Shang Jin Dang Lue Round shoulder Spade Coin

RARE Early China 400 BC Liang Zheng Shang Jin Dang Lue Round shoulder Spade Coin Wei State

ANCIENT CHINA

Flat handled spade money, Pre-Imperial (770-220 BC)

Wei State, 400 BC

梁正尚金當寽

Liang Zheng Shang Jin Dang Lue




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Reference: Hartill 3.45

Weight: 23 grams; Size: 59 mm x 38 mm; Bronze

 

Shallow arch type.

Obverse: "LIANG ZHENG BI BAI DANG LIE", meaning "Liang regular coin 100 to a lie" (1 Jin).

These were issued from the State of Liang, probably late in the series after the Capital of the Liang state was moved from Anyi to a new city called Liang.



 

HEAVY FLAT SPADES OF THE STATE OF LIANG (Wei)

Around 400 BC flat spades revolutionized the spade currency. Unlike the hollow-handled spades which required a complex multi-piece mold with a casting core in the handle, the flat spades required only a simple two-piece mold, allowing for larger mintages in shorter periods of time. They were sturdy, easier to store and were cast in the three denominations of 1/2, 1 and 2 "jin", making them very suitable for use in everyday transactions. Most of the the early issues name the city of Anyi which was the State of Liang capital early in this period. The later issues usually name the city of Liang to which the capital of the stater of Liang was moved later in the period. There are some very scarce types which name other cities. The denomination can be expressed either directly in jin, or as fractions of the LI with 100 to the LI equal a Jin. This is probably the period when coins came into common use over a wide area of China. Early flat foot spades were called "CH'IEN, which later became a generic term for all types of money.

 

 

 

 

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RARE Early China 400 BC Liang Zheng Shang Jin Dang Lue Round shoulder Spade Coin

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