knife money (currency & wealth)

Bronze knife-shaped coin combining the features of a knife with curved end and a coin with square hole. On the obverse side it has Chinese inscriptions in seal script; 'yi dao ping wu qian', meaning one knife worth 5,000 cash. 'Yi dao', one knife, is inscribed on the vertical axis of the coin, while 'ping wu qian', worth 5,000 cash, is on the blade.

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