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'ant Nose' Money

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 Posted 07/08/2015  4:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Johndakerftw to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone,

I've finally made a coin purchase after being on hiatus for a couple months. I figured I'd have to follow up my ancient pin purchase with a new coin. :D

It's an 'ant nose' coin from the Zhou Dynasty (400-220 BC).

I've never seen anything like it. It popped up on vcoins a little while ago at, what I thought, was a really good price.

It's really neat. :)

Erin



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 Posted 07/08/2015  4:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobbyhelmet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I've never seen anything like it...


Me neither, very interesting indeed!
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 Posted 07/08/2015  4:49 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really interesting coin, one I've never seen either.
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 Posted 07/08/2015  5:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a nice writeup on them: http://chinesecoins.lyq.dk/Bei/Bei.html

I just recently got one myself, but I think yours is in slightly better condition.

As for price, if you didn't pay more than $30 for it, then you did fine. I got mine for $15.
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 Posted 07/08/2015  9:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
it is neat! I've seen these before...i remember the name (ant nose) more than I actually remember the item.

i think ancientnoob has some sowrie shells if I'm not mistaken?
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 Posted 07/09/2015  09:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Johndakerftw to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

I paid $20 for it, so I'm happy. :D

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 Posted 07/09/2015  4:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ancientnoob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For $20 I would be happy too. I would love an Ant Nose. I have (as chris pointed out) a cowrie imitation, but no Ant Nose, it remains on the list. Good find!
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 Posted 07/09/2015  6:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add XavierOfGreen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Will a TPG grade these? Not suggesting that it should be graded, just curious if they would...
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 Posted 07/09/2015  9:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
NGC says they only grade struck ancients, not cast. I think ANACS may be different.
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 Posted 07/09/2015  9:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one for $25 +$3 ship. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHINA-CHU-S...em1c55e22a39

Ebay seller Watoccasionally has them for $5 (for damaged) to $12 (pristine) + $5 ship.

There's a clay imitation ant nose on eBay that was used for funerary purposes. I'd like to get that one at some point.
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 Posted 07/09/2015  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ancientnoob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love ancient civilization, but I don't like purchasing funerary items. Just me but I feel weird about it to the point where I would mention it here.
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 Posted 07/09/2015  11:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's true. That's why I'm not dabbling with the bridge money, fish money, shield money, bell money, or heck (clay) money. They are not actual coins used in commerce, but funerary items, which defeats the purpose in including them in a coin collection.

Edit: that "heck" was changed from the other word. It is what it's called, so don't get mad at me.
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 Posted 07/10/2015  2:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Johndakerftw to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the link, TypeCoin. It's very interesting.

I'm not at the point of getting funerary items. But, I'm always glad to get more coins and, someday, more artifacts. I kind of have an itch for artifacts now that my first one is on its way. :D

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 Posted 07/10/2015  2:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add XavierOfGreen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ANACS does certify them after all haha

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400-220-BC-...047675.l2557
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 Posted 07/19/2015  8:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TypeCoin971793 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another one that just popped up for $8.95 + $1.65 shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GHOST-FACE-...em1c557dcdda
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 Posted 07/21/2015  12:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jcmworld to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The original photo is upside down. Coole, p. 20-21 in The Early Coinage of the Chou Dynasty states that the legend reads Tang Pan Liang (Dang Ban Liang in Pinyin), meaning "worth half a liang" The round hole is (according to Coole, and I'm inclined to believe him) shorthand for Dang, probably representing the kou radical in Dang.
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