Spade Money

About this object

History of use

Large sized circulating coin

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 with 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: huo bu right-left in seal script Chinese characters on obverse. Reverse has same outer lip and centre dividing line as face, but without characters.