Needle-tip knife Chengde

Features

Country State of Yan
(Warring States)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 601 BC - 400 BC
Currency Knife money (601-400 BC)
Composition Bronze
Weight 11.46 g
Diameter 142 mm
Shape Knife
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References Hartill# 4.08,
David Hartill; 2017. Cast Chinese Coins (2nd edition). New Generation Publishing, London, United Kingdom.
FD# 515
Fubao Ding, George Albert Fisher; 1990. Fisher's Ding. G. A. Fisher, Littleton, Colorado, USA.

Obverse

Various Chinese ideograms on the blade.

Lettering:

Translation:
Shi
Ten

Reverse

Blank (uniface).

Edge

Smooth.

Comments

This type was first discovered in 1932, when a hoard was found in Chengde, Hebei. The exact purpose of these pieces is uncertain, but one theory is that they were used for trade with the Xiongnu (Huns), who were located north of the State of Yan. Another theory is that these were a local variation of the regular pointed-tip knives.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (601 BC - 400 BC)  Hartill#4.08: 十 (Shi; ten)
ND (601 BC - 400 BC)  Hartill#4.09: 八 (Ba; eight)
ND (601 BC - 400 BC)  Hartill#4.10: 己 (Ji; cyclical character)
ND (601 BC - 400 BC)  Hartill#4.11: 公匕 (Gong Bi)
ND (601 BC - 400 BC)  Hartill#4.12: Undeciphered ideogram(s)

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