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Ancient Coins of China

The earliest Chinese proto-coins were imitations of the cowrie shells used in ceremonial exchanges, early as 770 - 476 B.C. The first metal coins, also introduced in this period, were not initially round, instead they were knife shaped or spade shaped. Round metal coins with a round hole, and then later a square hole, in the center were first introduced around 350 B.C. The beginning of the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 B.C.), the first dynasty to unify China, standardized coinage for the whole Empire. At first, coinage was limited to use around the capital city district but by the beginning of the Han Dynasty, coins were widely used for paying taxes, salaries and fines. Ancient Chinese coins are markedly different from coins produced in the west. Chinese coins were cast in molds, unlike western coins which were typically struck (hammered) or, in later times, milled. Chinese coins were usually made from bronze, brass, or iron. Precious metals like gold and silver were uncommonly used. The alloys of the coin metals varied considerably. Most Chinese coins were produced with a square hole in the middle. At the mint coins were threaded on a square rod so that the rough edges could be filed smooth, and then threaded on strings for ease of handling. Official coin production was sometimes spread over many mint locations throughout the country. Aside from officially produced coins, private coining was common during many stages of history. At times private coining was tolerated, sometimes it was illegal. Some coins were produced in very large numbers. During the Western Han, an average of 220 million coins a year were produced. Other coins were of limited circulation and are today extremely rare.


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76041. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 4.075 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $15.00 (€13.35)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76056. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He Yuan Bao, seal script, clockwise, bao square; Hartill 16.130, Schjoth 509, Fisher 920, VF, weight 3.434 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $15.00 (€13.35)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76064. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi Dao Yuan Bao, running script, clockwise; Hartill 16.37, Schjoth 467, Fisher 873, VF, weight 3.940 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, 995 - 997 A.D.; very common; $15.00 (€13.35)
 


China, Former Shu Kingdom, Wang Yan, Son of Wang Jian, 919 - 925 A.D.

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Wang Yan's father was a village thief before, enlisting in the army, rising through the ranks, and eventually seizing control of the modern Sichuan and Chongqing region. Wang Yan was the youngest son but became heir because his mother, Consort Xu, was Wang Jian's favorite concubine and was able to gain the support of the chancellor Zhang Ge. Wang Yan's reign has been traditionally considered one of decadence, corruption, and incompetence. In 925, his state was conquered by its northeastern neighbor Later Tang. Wang Yan surrendered but was executed and posthumously demoted to commoner rank. Schjoth notes: "The currency of the father and son of the Wang family was coarse and vile."
CH36028. Bronze 1 cash, Qian De yuan bao, seal script, clockwise, large bao; Hartill 15.42, Schjoth 433, VF, nice for the type, weight 3.159 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, Sichuan, Chengdu mint, 919 - 924 A.D.; common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

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Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH76030. Bronze 1 cash, Xi Ning yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; Hartill 16.183, Schjoth 534, Fisher 950, VF, weight 4.217 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, 1068 - 1077 A.D.; very common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

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Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH76033. Bronze 1 cash, Xi Ning yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; Hartill 16.183, Schjoth 534, Fisher 950, VF, weight 3.731 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, 1068 - 1077 A.D.; very common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76035. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.434 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76040. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.668 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76048. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; Hartill 16.135, Schjoth 511, Fisher 919, VF, weight 4.034 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $12.00 (€10.68)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76063. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi Dao Yuan Bao, running script, clockwise; Hartill 16.37, Schjoth 467, Fisher 873, VF, weight 3.657 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, 995 - 997 A.D.; very common; $10.00 (€8.90)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76036. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.810 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76049. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; Hartill 16.135, Schjoth 511, Fisher 919, aVF, weight 3.464 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76051. Bronze 1 cash, Jing You yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; Hartill 16.87, Schjoth 492, Fisher 902, VF, weight 4.010 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, 1034 - 1038 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76052. Bronze 1 cash, Jing You yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; Hartill 16.87, Schjoth 492, Fisher 902, VF, weight 3.798 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, 1034 - 1038 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76053. Bronze 1 cash, Jing You yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; Hartill 16.87, Schjoth 492, Fisher 902, VF, weight 3.470 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, 1034 - 1038 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76054. Bronze 1 cash, Jing You yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; Hartill 16.87, Schjoth 492, Fisher 902, VF, weight 3.746 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, 1034 - 1038 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76055. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He Yuan Bao, seal script, clockwise, bao square; Hartill 16.130, Schjoth 509, Fisher 920, VF, weight 3.652 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

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Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH76057. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He Yuan Bao, seal script, clockwise, bao square; Hartill 16.130, Schjoth 509, Fisher 920, VF, weight 3.097 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76062. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi Dao yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; Hartill 16.35, Schjoth 465, Fisher 872, VF, weight 4.115 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, 995 - 997 A.D.; very common; $9.00 (€8.01)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76042. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.923 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $8.00 (€7.12)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76038. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.731 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $7.00 (€6.23)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76039. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.556 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $7.00 (€6.23)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76043. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 4.256 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $7.00 (€6.23)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76044. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 3.985 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $7.00 (€6.23)
 


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Tai Zong, 990 - 997 A.D.

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Taizong was a hardworking and diligent emperor, notable for reunifying China by conquering the Northern Han and for caring for the well being of his people. He personally led the campaign against the North, increased agricultural production, organized encyclopedias, expanded the courts and the examination system, and further limited the military power of the jiedushi. He personally wrote the inscriptions on his coins.
CH76046. Bronze 1 cash, Chun Hua Yuan Bao, regular script, clockwise, chun with three dots left; Hartill 16.25, Schjoth 463, Fisher 867, VF, weight 4.202 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, 990 - 994 A.D.; very common; $6.00 (€5.34)
 







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