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United States of America, Barber Dime, 1894 - O, New Orleans, G-4

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A rare key date!
US79719. Silver Dime, G-4, weight 2.394 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, New Orleans mint, 1894 O; obverse UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, head of Liberty right, wearing a pileus (freedom cap), an olive wreath, and a small headband inscribed LIBERTY, tiny B (Barber's monogram) on the neck truncation, 1894 below; reverse ONE DIME in two lines within a wreath of maple and wheat on the left, and oak and corn on the right, O below wreath tie; rare; $70.00 (59.50)


Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

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The double sestertius, easily distinguished by its radiate crown, was also issued by Gallienus and especially by Postumus. This rare denomination, equal in value to the obsolete silver quinarius, was introduced with this issue. The c. 4g brass "semis" introduced at the same time, may well have been a "reduced as" half of the c. 8.5 gram dupondius, one quarter of the c. 17 g sestertius, and one eighth of this coin. Completing the sub-antoninianus denominations, a rare, small, silver coin of c. 1.6 g was a denarius.
SH82658. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC IV 115c & pl. 12, 16 (R); Cohen V 40 (30 fr.); Hunter III 46 & pl. 78; SRCV III 9395, gVF, attractively centered on a full flan, green and brown surfaces, minor roughness, small areas of light smoothing , closed flan crack at obv. 7:00, weight 37.403 g, maximum diameter 37.0 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 3rd emission, 250 A.D.; obverse IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FELICITAS SAECVLI (age of good fortune), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, long caduceus grounded and vertical in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C flanking across field; ex CNG e-auction 410 (29 Nov 2017), lot 379; $1290.00 (1096.50)


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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The wreath on the reverse is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex senatus consulto (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for Roman emperors to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with Augustus, who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
SH86121. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 37, BMCRE I 38, Cohen I 24, BnF II 50, Hunter I 15, SRCV I -, Choice VF, Tiber patina, centered and struck, attractive young portrait, some marks and corrosion, weight 26.709 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverse S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS in four lines within Corona Civica oak wreath; rare; $1560.00 (1326.00)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86060. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.284, Schjoth 576, Fisher 984, VF, weight 7.885 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, 1086 - 1093 A.D.; obverse Yuan You tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; $13.00 (11.05)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86061. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.285, Schjoth 576, Fisher 984, weight 6.920 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, 1086 - 1093 A.D.; obverse Yuan You tong bao, running script, clockwise, claw foot bao; reverse plain; $14.00 (11.90)


China, Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Gao Zong, 1127 - 1162 A.D.

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The Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) refers to the period after the Song lost control of northern China to the Jin Dynasty. The Song court retreated south of the Yangtze River and established their capital at Lin'an (now Hangzhou). Although the Song Dynasty had lost control of the traditional birthplace of Chinese civilization along the Yellow River, the Song economy was not in ruins, as the Southern Song Empire contained 60 percent of China's population and a majority of the most productive agricultural land. The Southern Song Dynasty considerably bolstered its naval strength to defend its waters and land borders and to conduct maritime missions abroad. To repel the Jin, and later the Mongols, the Song developed revolutionary new military technology augmented by the use of gunpowder. In 1234, the Jin Dynasty was conquered by the Mongols, who took control of northern China, maintaining uneasy relations with the Southern Song. In 1271, Kublai Khan was proclaimed the Emperor of China. After two decades of sporadic warfare, Kublai Khan's armies conquered the Song Dynasty in 1279. China was once again unified, under the Yuan Dynasty. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_Dynasty
CH86994. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 17.45, Schjoth 685, Fischer 1161, aF, rough, small edge chips, weight 5.012 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, 1131 - 1162; obverse Shao Xing yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; reverse plain; $2.00 (1.70)


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.
CH86997. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.248, Schjoth 556, F, encrustations, weight 7.058 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, 1078 - 1085 A.D.; obverse Yuan Feng tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; $4.00 (3.40)


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

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Homer Hulbert, an American missionary and educator considered a hero by the Koreans, lived in Korea from 1886 until 1907, when he was thrown out by the Japanese. He returned to Korea after World War II and is buried in Seoul. In his book, The Passing of Korea, he explains the square hole on cash coins, "The metal was poured into molds...These were broken up, and the coins were strung on square metal rods that just fitted the hole in the coin. The ends of this rod were then put in a rude vise, and men with enormous coarse files ground down the edges of a thousand or more coins at a time."
CH19988. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.199, Schjoth 542a, Fisher 956, VF, weight 7.229 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, 1071 - 1077 A.D.; obverse Xi Ning zhong bao, regular script, clockwise, no left hand stroke on Xi, large square characters; reverse plain; $10.00 (8.50)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D.

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Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH83984. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.407, Schjoth 622, Fisher 1050, VF, earthen deposits, tiny encrustations, weight 10.45 g, maximum diameter 33.6 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning zhong bao (coinage of greater reverence), li script, large characters; reverse plain; $21.00 (17.85)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D.

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Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH83985. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.407, Schjoth 622, Fisher 1050, VF, weight 9.736 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning zhong bao (coinage of greater reverence), li script, large characters; reverse plain; $21.00 (17.85)




  







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