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Andrew,

I have worked on the discs today, and put them into some order, hopefully with the fronts and backs of all the pieces. Obviously I would really appreciate the opinion of someone conversant with Chinese scripts. I still think they were used as currency. They show great variation in the amount of wear (which is consistent for front and back of the pieces). So here goes. There are 19 groups all told, with three types of human image (two upright one crawling)







Note the extremes of wear on these two pieces. The one on the left has never been used, hence stone used to polish out hole still in situ




Two with script, two without




Note character variation








Obverse




Three with writing, two without


With C Dragon icon




Same three discs - one has turning marks, one a chip


Crawling man with Sun and C Dragon


Obverse


Sun and water icons


Obverse. Again note the variation in wear


I like the fish! Note the eyes must surely have been done with a tubular metal 'bit'


The boring obverse


Two fishes being speared. Note in many of these discs there are traces of cinnabar, (mercuric sulphide) which may have been used for colouring.


Obverse




Obverse


Two turtles (with sun) and one pack animal


Obverse. Pack animal gets the writing


These only have script.


Obverse of same


Man, one character, and nothing on the back


You can see they vary greatly in thickness


Some odds and sods. I like the baby on the left


This is a bigger piece in ?limestone, inlaid with the same pseudoturquoise
r


These are greener. Top left was treated by a friend in hydrochloric acid


Obverse


Three miscellaneous pieces





So there you have it. Seems entirely consistent with being the earliest ever extant currency. Please let me have your comments and observations.

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Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 1996 drdavidanderson 15-Feb-18 18:35
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 362 Wheeler 15-Feb-18 23:49
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 368 drdavidanderson 16-Feb-18 08:35
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 354 Andrew_W 16-Feb-18 20:18
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 372 drdavidanderson 17-Feb-18 20:52
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 371 Wheeler 17-Feb-18 12:01
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Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 369 drdavidanderson 18-Feb-18 05:16
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 371 drew 18-Feb-18 21:29
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 402 drdavidanderson 19-Feb-18 17:29
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Re: Chunkey 348 drdavidanderson 21-Feb-18 09:23
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Re: Chunkey 342 drdavidanderson 21-Feb-18 14:09
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 393 drew 20-Feb-18 02:30
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 350 drew 21-Feb-18 23:50
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Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 365 drdavidanderson 22-Feb-18 05:38
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 369 Wheeler 22-Feb-18 11:16
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