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Chinese Money in Global ContextHistoric Junctures Between 600 BCE and 2012$
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Niv Horesh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787192

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787192.001.0001

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A Common Origin for Coinage?

A Common Origin for Coinage?

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(p.18) (p.19) Chapter One A Common Origin for Coinage?
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Chinese Money in Global Context
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Niv Horesh

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787192.003.0002

It is often assumed that the “roundness” of coinage had been globally found to be superior to other forms of coinage in antiquity -- that is long before Leonardo da Vinci explicitly stated so. Drawing on primary sources and more recent archival studies, this chapter will revisit the question of precisely where and when money first originated or why its shape converged on the circular.

Keywords:   Lydia, gold, silver, Greco-Roman world, Qin dynasty, Han dynasty, the birth of coinage, round coinage, Achaemenid empire, the Mauryan era

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