Silver Three-hole Spade Bu Money Feng Shi 12 Zhu, CHINA Zhou Dynasty 1045-256 BC
Zhou dynasty of China (1045 to 256 BC)
Zhong Shan and Zhao States
Weight: 8 grams; Size: 50 mm
Reverse: 12 Zhu, half of Three hole spade money
Three hole spade Money
Three hole spades: Holes in the handle and feet. Round handle, round shoulders, and round feet. Another rare type. Two sizes are found. The large size has the inscription liang (Chinese: 兩; pinyin: liǎng) on the reverse; the smaller shi'er zhu(Chinese: 十二銖; pinyin: sh?èr zhū) (12 zhu). As the liang unit of weight was divided into 24 zhu, clearly the two sizes represent denominations of a one and of a half. They also have series numbers on the handle on the reverse. Like the Round Foot Spades, it is not definitely established which State issued them. Their find spots are in eastern Shanxi and Hebei. The mint names are cities that were occupied by both Zhong Shan and Zhao. Spade money was an early form of coin used during the Zhou dynasty of China (1045 to 256 BC). Spade money was shaped like a spade or weeding tool.
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