Additionally, I have included on this page the images and a short introduction to other old Chinese coins in my collection which have not been discussed on other pages but which visitors may also find of interest.Cowrie shells were the earliest form of money to appear during the Shang Dynasty (16th Century BC - 11th Century BC) in China.Because conditions for transportation and trade were very primitive at the time, cowrie shells became more and more valuable the further inland they were carried.During Shang times, it was considered an honor for officials to be bestowed cowrie shells by their superiors.China was among the first countries in the world to use money as documented by historical records and actual artifacts dating back 4,000 years.
To further clarify the often confusing timeline in Avatar: The Last Airbender, this timeline and other articles date events as years before the Air Nomad Genocide (BG) and years after the genocide (AG). The most notable historical event that took place during the adventures of Team Avatar was the Hundred Year War. A number of major events occurred during the time of Korra's Team Avatar, including the Anti-bending Revolution, the events surrounding Harmonic Convergence, the insurrection of the Red Lotus, and the formation of the Earth Empire. While Chinese charms evolved into a number of different shapes and forms over a period of 2,000 years, the most common shape continued to resemble the familiar shape of ancient Chinese coins which were round with a square hole in the center.Because of the close relationship between Chinese coins and charms, a variety of old Chinese coins from the various dynasties are discussed in different topics and on different pages of this website to provide a clearer picture of the background and historical context from which Chinese charms emerged.The Avatar World has an extensive history dating back more than twenty thousand years. This article lists historical events in a timeline. The earliest man-made forms of money were actually "imitation" cowrie shells made of bone such as the example here.This example of bone shell money has a length of 23 mm, a width of 15 mm and a weight of 2.3 grams.0 AG is the year Fire Lord Sozin used the power from Sozin's Comet to begin the Hundred Year War with the Air Nomad Genocide and serves as an epoch for the dating system. This would also mean Korra would be living during the Chun Tai (Honest and exalted) Era.