Hi Ralf T,
That was quick - and you nailed it exactly.
I used your information, translated it into my book's style
and came up with it being a copy of Cresswell 89 Hsiang Fu T'ung Pao 1008AD - 1016Ad. With that information I found the link: http://www.numismall.com/acc/Rare-tin-Zhi-Dao-Yuan-Bao-Chinese-style-cash-issued-ca.1000-1100-AD-Malaysia.html
which gives a lot more information - but it finally comes
down to the fact that not much is known of them. see below:
"Fascinating Chinese-style Xiang Fu Yuan Bao
/ Boo Chiowan cash imitating both Song and Qing dynasty Chinese coins
, issued ca.18th century, Indonesia
Four crude Chinese
characters (regular script) Xiang Fu Yuan Bao
/ Manchu characters Boo Chiowan. 25mm, 4.19 grams. Issued in the 18th century or slightly later. Not properly studied and seems unpublished. cf. Zeno
#52047 / 82628 / 83465.
at 90 degree left.
of these coins is copied from the Xiang Fu Yuan Bao
cash produced by Emperor Zhen Zong (998-1022) of the Northern Song dynasty. The Manchu reverse
is copied from the Qing dynasty cash from the Board of Revenue mint
. These very rare
and unusual coins are found in Indonesia, though (very strangely) it seems that a few coins of this type
were unearthed in the Lugansk area
in Ukraine (see Zeno
#81628 and 83465). The coins are very crudely produced and cast
in tin or brass alloy
of some sorts. The coins were never properly researched and remain very rare
. We do not know which of the Indonesian (or possibly Malaysia) Kingdoms produced these coins."
already gone right through Cresswell and couldn't find a match that I thought was close.
Thank you for your help
- it is very much appreciated.
All the best,Col