As each individual coin was worth very little, cash coins of China and East Asia were often strung together into a larger unit of 1000. A string could contain fewer coins, but still retain its nominal value of 1000 cash. Although this particular assemblage of 800 coins looks more like a bunch of bananas, it can still be termed a 'string' of coins. It contains cash coins and forgeries from China (including an eleventh-century coin), Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The presence of coins from Vietnam and Hong Kong indicates that it probably came from the south of China.