In 621 AD, Emperor Gao Zu of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) cast a new coin known as the even some of the earliest forms of metal money such as spades and knives had charm-like qualities in that they had "auspicious" or "good luck" characters and inscriptions.
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This form of money is known as "ant nose" When Qin Shi Huang unified the country in 221 BC and established the Qin Dynasty, he abolished the above-mentioned forms of money that had been circulating in the other Warring States and stipulated that the legal coinage would be a round coin with a square hole in the center weighing a half tael or .
This basic coin shape was adopted by subsequent dynasties and continued to be cast in various forms for more than 700 years.
Zhuo Guang(焯光 "Brilliant light") The first character in these two-character words has a radical (one of the 214 ideographic elements in Chinese writing used in combination with phonetics to form thousands of different characters) that represents one of the four elements, and rotates in the order air, water, earth, and fire.In fact the Chinese word for "bestow" ( By the time of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 BC - 256 BC), however, cowrie shells were being replaced by imitation shells made of bone or metal.Even so, there are records indicating that real cowrie shells continued to be used as money even as late as the Yuan (1271-1368 AD) and Ming Dynasties (1368-1644 AD) in parts of Yunnan Province.Cowrie shells had certain qualities which made them desirable as objects of value.They were white and glossy, were fairly uniform in size and weight, and, if ground flat on one side to form an opening, large numbers of cowrie shells could be easily strung together to make carrying convenient.