Pocket Change East Asian

Cash and Carry
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Cash and Carry
By The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society cabinet contains a remarkable collection of Chinese coins and currency ranging from early bronze spade money (Fig. 1) and so-called “ant-nose” coins derived from cowrie shells down to more recent issues of the People’s Republic of China. Within this long parade of money, a watershed moment took place in the late third century BC when Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China (220–210 BC), introduced a new cast bronze coinage to be used throughout his empire. The coins, known in…

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Standards for Empire: The Power of Coinage in the Met’s...
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Standards for Empire: The Power of Coinage in the Met’s Ancient China Exhibition
By The American Numismatic Society

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220) on view at the Metropolitan Museum…

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Happy Birthday John Reilly!
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Happy Birthday John Reilly!
By The American Numismatic Society

Homemade birthday card from John Reilly’s daughter

A while back I stumbled onto this great homemade card in the John Reilly,…

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Samarqand's Cast Coinage of the Early 7th–Mid-8th Centuries AD: Assessment...
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Samarqand's Cast Coinage of the Early 7th–Mid-8th Centuries AD: Assessment based on Chinese sources and numismatic evidence
By The American Numismatic Society

Xiaoyan Qi participated in 2016’s Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar. Qi is a PhD candidate at Nankai University in Tianjin,…

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Redressing the Balance, Part II: The ANS as Pottery Barn
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Redressing the Balance, Part II: The ANS as Pottery Barn
By The American Numismatic Society

In a previous installment we looked at the under-appreciated and underutilized leaden riches of the ANS cabinet. In truth, however,…

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Lesser known collector and dealer H. A. Ramsden left his...
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Lesser known collector and dealer H. A. Ramsden left his mark at the ANS
By The American Numismatic Society

There are certain numismatic personalities I expect…

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