Qing Dynasty coins
Numismatics
Qing Dynasty coins

These Ancient Chinese Coins Are So Cool-Looking But Why The Hole?

I finally did a minimal bit of research to see why ancient Chinese coins have a square in the middle. They're harder to counterfeit and they require less metal to create. But that's not all.
The hole was for storing coins - people could thread collections of coins on strings for ease of transport and saving. Now there have been millions of Chinese coins, given how far back their history goes. I put up a few pics of some of them that are still around for collection. The coin with a dragon on it is from Turkey; it's the world's oldest coin.
These predate China's use of round coins from 600 BC.
These predate China's use of round coins from 600 BC.
Ancient Chinese coin
Ancient Chinese coin
“The dragon coin below is the oldest coin in the world.”
Found in Turkey, believed to be 27K years old
Found in Turkey, believed to be 27K years old
The Qing Dynasty
The Qing Dynasty
Another ancient Chinese coin
Another ancient Chinese coin
A Tang Dynasty coin
A Tang Dynasty coin