It was the State of Zhao that used shovel-shaped coins during the Warring States Period.
During the Warring States period, Qin is a round square hole money, Chu is the ant nose money, Qi is a knife coin.
Qin Dynasty is round square hole money;
In the Western Han Dynasty, there were five strains of money;
The Northern Song Dynasty used iron money and paper money.
During the Ming Dynasty, silver became the currency in circulation.
The scientific name of shovel coin is cloth coin. Cloth coin has been in circulation for a long time in the pre-Qin period. Its shape imitates the production tool “shovel” at that time.
Since the Yin and Zhou dynasties, there has been a pointed foot empty first cloth circulation;
After the Barbarians, cloth money completely withdrew from the social coin system.
In the early stage of making cloth coins, there was no inscription on the blank head, and the shape was a imitation shovel tool.
In the post-production, the first is the real first and then the flat first;
The foot gradually changes from pointed foot to flat foot, and then to round foot. Considering the convenience of currency circulation, there are single-hole cloth and three-hole cloth.
The holes are cut to facilitate string threading, carrying and circulation.
Inscriptions were usually minted on pre-Qin cloth coins for identification.
In the pre-Qin period, coins were made from clay models, and Qianwenshan craftsmen carved them on fine pieces of pottery, fired them into pottery models, and poured in liquid copper.
Because Qian Wenshan artisans carved by hand, the strokes have sharp edges, the cross sections are triangular, and the beginning and end of the strokes are clearly marked with sharp closing marks.
Therefore, in the identification of pre-Qin coins, if the money lines delimit round, less edge, it can be judged as pseudo ancient.