This volume of the Catalogue of Coins describes the earlier coinage of China from the British Museum Collection and other sources. The Museum specimens are distinguished by the numbers being in thick type and by not being included in brackets. The metal of each coin is stated, and its size or average size in inches and its weight or average weight in grains. The classification is under forms for convenience of reference.
An Introduction is prefixed explaining the technicalities of the series, two chapters being devoted to the numismatic chronology of Ancient China, and to an alphabetical list of geographical or mint and other names occurring on the coins.
The work has been written by M. A. Terrien de Lacouperie, and the proof sheets have been read by me.