Special 286 Ancient Coins Postage Stamps (Issue of 1990)

Stamp SN D286
Stamp Name Special 286 Ancient Coins Postage Stamps (Issue of 1990)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Shells,Money
Issue date 1990-11-05
Suspersion date 民國81年11月05日
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 25.5x36
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×10
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,
watermarked stamp paper with gum
Perforation 13


  In very ancient China, people relied on the barter system to exchange things until Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor, B.C. 2698), a half mythical, half real hero, unanimously regarded as the first monarch of the first Chinese dynasty, established a sort of monetary system in which cowrie was used as money. Cowrie was only found on the seashores of the far Southern Seas. Later, as civilization developed and trade increased, there were not enough cowries for circulation. Then oyster shell was polished and used as money because of its hardness and endurance. Still later, bones, jades, pottery, and bronze were also made into the form of shell money, and circulated as shell money. The cowrie and shell money lasted for about 2,000 years and ended in the Ch-in Dynasty (221-207 B.C.).