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Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins of ancient China. Cast in the years 7-9 AD during the reign of Wang Mang, Xin Dynasty (7 - 23 AD). This knife money is popularly known as金错刀 or gold inlaid knife. The lower blade portion of the coin has the characters平五千which translates as "worth five thousand".


Knife-money. How convenient, a coin that doubles as a pocket knife! Gold, bronze, China, 7, Xin dynasty, under authority of Wang Mang.


"Yi dao pin wu qian"coin (one knife: value five thousand), of the short-lived Xin Dynasty (9- 23 AD) of Emperor Wang Mang. The "YI-TAO" inscription on the handle is of inlaid gold, Valued at 5000 Wu Shu (25,000 shu). At that time 5000 Wu Shu was equal to 1/2 cattie of gold, which weighed about 120 grams, so knives were valued at about 2 ounces of


Asian continent during the time of the Roman Empire. Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)was the first big empire in China spreading from Yellow River basin. Dont forget that for romans, Asia was their province in Anatolia (modern Turkey), which is also called Asia Minor today.


Han dynasty - A spade-shaped bronze coin issued during Wang Mang's (r. 9–23 AD) reign.