Why were Chinese coins different from the ones used in Lydia and India?

         Since the very beginning of history, the Chinese have made significant contributions to all discoveries. They had their own modes of payment that were special in technology and design. The coins they used were also different from the global trend.

         Cast in bronze, Chinese coins appeared in different shapes. It is said that they were made by melting bronze, and then pouring them into moulds of various shapes. One of the widely circulated coins looked like a knife with a handle. Yet another looked like a spade.

          Years later, round coins were introduced in China. But the difference was that they had square holes in the centre. It is believed that the Chinese also used ‘coin swords’. They were used to ward off evil!


           The coins in Ancient Lydia were made of lumps of electrum which was an alloy of gold and silver. They were stamped and most of them have designs of animals on them.

          Minted sometime in the 7th century, coins in India were made mostly of silver. They were of irregular shapes and had symbols representing the ‘puranas’ and so on, either side.