State of Yan
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Years||601 BC - 400 BC|
|Currency||Knife money (601-400 BC)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
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.
Various Chinese ideograms on the blade.
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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|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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