Ant-nose Money "Ghost face" type; repeated inscription

Features

Issuer State of Chu (Warring States)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 400 BC - 220 BC
Currency Ant-nose money (401-220 BC)
Composition Bronze
Weight 6.26 g
Size 25 mm
Shape Oval (With a hole)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number
N#
240531
References Hartill# 1.8
David Hartill; 2017. Cast Chinese Coins (2nd edition). New Generation Publishing, London, United Kingdom.

Obverse

One primitive Chinese ideogram.

Lettering:

Translation:
Bei
Shell

Reverse

One primitive Chinese ideogram.

Lettering:

Translation:
Bei
Shell

Edge

Smooth.

Comments

While this is the most common type of ant-nose money, the depicted ideogram still remains debated. Bei (貝; for shell) is commonly accepted, although Jin (晋) is another theory.

There is a lot of variation is size and weight.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (400 BC - 220 BC) 

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