About this object

History of use

Design similar to a coin, but not for circulation; not from the period it purports to be from. (Larson, David) Probably used as an accessory on a piece of furniture, such as a handle. The incorporation of a Han coin reflects archaistic aesthetics. (Li, Min)

Physical description

Spade money coin with slightly raised lip around edge. The top is a slightly flaring rectangle with a hole punched at its centre, and this shape joins two arms that form an overall slightly flared rectangular shape. There are two Chinese characters in seal script on the face, divided by a line at the centre. The reverse is flat and blank.