Antique Chinese coins are a popular collector's item, but real ones can be tricky to find. Forgeries and misidentified coins are common sights on the market. Often, sellers aren't even aware that the coins they're offering are fakes. Collectors interested in obtaining the real thing need a strong background in old Chinese coinage to determine the true value of each coin.
Coinage of Asia
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Ancient Chinese coinage
Numismatics portal. Ancient Chinese coinage includes some of the earliest known coins. These coins, used as early as the Spring and Autumn period — BCE , took the form of imitations of the cowrie shells that were used in ceremonial exchanges. The Spring and Autumn period also saw the introduction of the first metal coins; however, they were not initially round, instead being either knife shaped or spade shaped.
The identification of Chinese cast coins can be difficult, even for those who can read the characters. For the rest of us it can be a very frustrating experience. The purpose of this part of our site is to make the process easier. This will be a work in progress for some time to come, as we add more types. Eventually it will be fairly comprehensive, at least for the types that you are likely to encounter.