Numismatic Puzzle: Cowries

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In ancient China, cowries were used as a substitute for money for centuries as they were coveted and resembled one another. Imitations of cowries later led to the introduction of metal money. And, above all, they simply are beautiful to look at!

To find out why the deceased were given false cowries and how people calculated with cowries, read our article: “The history of Chinese coinage 1: from barter to monetary economy”.