350 BC

CHI­NESE COP­PER COINS

Asian Geographic - - Money Feature -

CHINA

The design of the Chi­nese coin with its square mid­dle was so that one could string the coins to­gether to cre­ate higher de­nom­i­na­tions, some­thing that was done fre­quently due to the coin’s low value. The num­ber of coins in a string of cash var­ied over time and from place to place, but was nor­mally 100 coins, which in a bun­dle of 10 made 1,000, equiv­a­lent to one tael of pure sil­ver.

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