The National Museum of China is known for its rich collection of money from ancient China. The Ancient Chinese Money exhibition is one of the major exhibitions on regular display organized by the museum. It aims at displaying the history, culture, calligraphy, and art of Chinese money. On display in this exhibition are more than 1,700 objects, including early cowrie shells, knife-shaped coins, round coins, coins with a square hole in the middle that were in use for over 2,000 years, and machine-made copper or silver coins of the late Qing period.
Ancient Chinese coins were mainly displayed in this exhibition. That required tailored showcases for better visual effect. Size of each showcase was determined by coin type and quantity, enhancing the individual display among the similarities.