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April 2015

State of Qin Silver Banliang Coin

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During the 1950's, a number of banliang (半两) coins were unearthed at a site near Xian (西安).  Among the coins was one unusually large and very heavy banliang coin. While banliang coins cast in Qin (秦) during the Warring States period typically have a diameter of 32 - 34 mm and weigh about 8 grams, [...]

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