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ZHOU: Anonymous, 1122-255 BC, AE lotus root money (23.33g). VF

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Chinese Coins - Ancient Start Price:85.00 USD Estimated At:100.00 - 150.00 USD
ZHOU: Anonymous, 1122-255 BC, AE lotus root money (23.33g). VF
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ZHOU: Anonymous, 1122-255 BC, AE lotus root money (23.33g), 32×7.5×5.5mm, so-called "lotus root heart money"; rectangular, but with only three walls, various slots & grooves, VF, ex Charles Opitz Collection. The idea that enigmatic bronze objects were early forms of Chinese "money" was popularized in Europe by a monograph written by H. A. Ramsden in 1912. The alternative explanation of the so-called "lotus root heart" money is that they were keys to locks.