CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "wawa" and related.
    Generically, these are wearable ornaments with a loop for hanging.  They could be simply ornaments, but a number of interested parties like to think that bronze of any shape could/would have been used as money back then.  They are convenient size and shape for coins, especially given that they were using big, fragile spades at the time.
See also "shield" money and "bead" or "string" money.

CCW5) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "wawa" dangle, Coole calls these "cicada money." 37x20mm, ~3.8g. F $33.00
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CCW8) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, "cicada money," 43x17mm, 7.5g, small void between "wings," $55.00 sold 1/8/2007
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CCW11) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, "cicada money," 42x18mm, 7.1g, small void between & in 1 "wing," $55.00 sold 1/8/2007
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CCW9) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "cicada money," 48x18mm, 5.5g, looks like a schematic cicada with a round head, loop on back of head, part of one wing missing, F $45.00 sold 1/8/2007
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CCW9) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "cicada money," 44x16mm, ~4.2g, looks like a schematic cicada with a round head, round body, wings, vertical bar in back of head, F-VF $63.00 sold 3/3/2012
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CCW9) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "cicada money," 35x12mm, 2 beads, bar in back, vestigial "wings," kind of a "baby" cicada, F $66.00
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CWG1) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, "grub" money, 2 15mm half beads, one with vertical bar on back, connected by a 8x10mm segmented half tube, 6.4g,  if those are "cicadas" this is a "grub."  F $85.00 sold 1/8/2007
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CWG2) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, "grub" money, a 12 & a 10mm half bead, one with vertical bar on back, connected by a 7x10mm smooth half tube, 6.1g, F $55.00
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CWG3) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, "grub" money, 2 11mm half beads, one with vertical bar on back, connected by a 8x6mm smooth half tube, 4.1g, edge flaw, F $36.00
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CAB17) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze Chuan "bead" money, 13mm shallow half bead with edge decoration of radial lines, crude bar on back, probably a second bead was broken off,
a) VF $16.00
b) F $16.00
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CAB18) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze Chuan "bead" money, 17mm shallow round half bead with toothed border & bar on back, significant wear on these
a) G $21.00
b) bits of crust, F $16.00
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CAB13) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze Chuan "bead" money,  13mm shallow round half bead with toothed border & bar on back, possibly another bead used to be attached, VG $16.00
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CWM14) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 43x18mm, 5.6g, "head" faces left, aVF $40.00
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CWM4) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 49x30mm, 11.7g, "head" faces left, aVF $40.00 sold 3/3/2012
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CWM10) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 49x30mm, 9.8g, "head" faces left, VF $40.00
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CWM11) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 49x30mm, 11.9g, "head" faces left, VF $40.00 sold 1/7/2008
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CWM12) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 49x30mm, 10.9g, "head" faces left, VF $40.00 sold 5/11/2009
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CWM3) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 45x19mm, 6.2g, "head" faces right, sand hole, edge flaw, F $33.00
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CWM13) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 45x18mm, 6.4g, "head" faces right, 2 sandholes, F $33.00 sold 1/7/2008
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CWM9) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "moon money," 44x19mm, 7.3g, "head" faces right, 2 sandholes, F  $33.00
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CW4) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze  plaque, 50x15mm linear trilobe with triple swirl pattern, 2 loops on back.  Supplier called them "ornamental belt sections," and sure, why not, but they are also in the same class as the "shield money," and "moon money" and "wawa," and are conveniently coin-sized, so why don’t we call them money?  Guy Clark has the same thing as a “double,” calls it “scroll money.”
 a) nice F $22.00
 b) same with flaws, $14.00
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272-41. CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze duan (shield) or jia pian (armor scale) "money," 20x35mm, 6.6g, no loops on back, F $63.00 sold 5/11/2009
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CW5) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, another bronze type assumed to be in the wawa series: an onion dome on a tongue with 2 bumps, gold plated, with 2 loops in back, 52x20mm, ~10g, plenty of the gold is gone, otherwise VF, any specimen @ $40.00 eachb, c sold
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CWAS3) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "special wawa," 2 small circles with nipple in center depending from a bigger one, above is a decorated rhomboid plaque with 4 "toes" at sides, ring at top, vestigial line where a loop should have been on back, 93x39mm overall, 24.6g, bit of crust, F $80.00 sold 1/8/2007
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CW6) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "special wawa," a decorated ring, 2 concave discs with central nipple below, 1 above which has a loop on back, ~52x30mm, one disc broken off, F $6.50 sold 4/15/2008
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CW7) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze face, 24x35mm, loop on back, could be a kind of wawa, or an ancient amulet, or a button, VG $80.00 sold
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CW8) CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, bronze "leg money," 31mm long, loop above thigh, F $28.00 sold 4/15/2008
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