Continue my browsing at Shanghai Museum (上海博物馆) (read part 1: Minority Ethnic Groups of China here), in the 3rd floor, I move on to MONEY. Just kidding. Nothing fancy here in the Chinese Ancient Coins section, but it’s interesting to see the first incarnation of money after the barter system evolve to pay-for-goods.
They trade with foreign countries as far as Japan to the East and Middle east and Europe by way of the Silk Road. Of course they need (valuable) money equivalent to the value of the materials. Unlike today.
The Pre-Qin dynasty, before 221 BC, the Chinese currencies developed as the commodity economy increase. Heavy, sure, they are purely casted metals after all. In the Shanghai Museum (上海博物馆) there are some example of old Chinese coins, paper money will develop in later years when the Chinese invent papers. And stamps. And printing. Then there are silver and gold…
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