Tong Bei

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Bronze wampum's covered with "gold lead".

Tong Bei (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 銅貝; pinyin: tóng bèi) literally translated as "Bronze Cowry" or "Bronze Shell", is an ancient coin found in China.

This coin itself is a replica of more ancient Cowry Money, made for the purpose of replacing it.[1][2][3]

A cowry shell or bronze cowry was denominated in bèi (貝) and string of cowry shells was called a péng (朋) however it is not known how much bèi was in a péng.[4]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-05-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) A snap shot view of THE HISTORY OF CHINA by YK Kwan
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-10-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Shang Dynasty Economy Encarta
  4. ^ (Ancient Chinese Coinage) - Weights and units in Chinese coinage by Lars Bo Christensen. Retrieved: 13 August 2018.

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