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China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.
"Round as the heavens, square as the earth," is a Chinese saying used to metaphorically describe the fabric of the coins. On the practical side, it was discovered very early that a square hole fit a square shaft, which enabled a stacked quantity of coins to be turned on a lathe to remove casting irregularities.
CH54355. Bronze 2 cash, Shao Sheng yuan bao
, seal script, clockwise, small size; Hartill
995, VF, weight
6.810g, maximum diameter
30.6mm, 1094 - 1097 A.D.; very common; $18.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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