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Chinese shipwreck coins were mostly mad in bronze so when the ships sank the warm tropical waters corroded the bronze coins together in clumps or single coins are heavily encrusted so ti is rare to find clean Chinese shipwreck coins

And many shipwrecks go back hundreds of not thousands years and the coins were not wrapped or stored well so they were not protected when the junk boat sank

The Chinese kept exact records of ship wrecks as emperors still considered the coins as their property

The Chinese were amongst the first to use cowry shells as currency and first to produce bronze coins about 600BC

So there are huge quantity shipwreck coins lying on the bottom of the ocean and we are all familiar with round coin with a square centre.

The square centre is said to represent inner earth and the round edge represents the universe

Some collectors have purchased clumps and tried to extract mint coin in the centre, but w e do not recommend this as so rare to find coin inside clump in mint or good condition and the bronze has eroded so that coins have welded together

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