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China, Qing Dynasty, De Zong, The Guangxu Emperor, 1875 - 1908

|China|, |China,| |Qing| |Dynasty,| |De| |Zong,| |The| |Guangxu| |Emperor,| |1875| |-| |1908|, |10| |cash|
The Guangxu Emperor, De Zong, was the tenth emperor of the Qing dynasty, and the ninth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. His reign lasted from 1875 to 1908, but in practice he ruled, under Empress Dowager Cixi's influence, only from 1889 to 1898. He initiated the Hundred Days' Reform, but was abruptly stopped when the empress dowager launched a coup in 1898, after which he was put under house arrest until his death.
CH89424. Bronze 10 cash, Coins in the Collection of Shanghai Museum, Vol. 6, 2169 (5.0g, 25mm, similar thick rims); cf. Hartill 22.1275 (smaller), VF, rough fields and file marks (normal for the type), weight 4.565 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Bejing, Board of Revenue mint, c. 1875 A.D.; obverse Guang Xu tong bao, protruding head boo, thick outer rim; reverse Boo Chiowan (Board of Revenue), thick outer rim; rare; $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50

Japan, Various Mints, Edo Period, c. 1636 - 1868, Kanei Tsuho

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Various| |Mints,| |Edo| |Period,| |c.| |1636| |-| |1868,| |Kanei| |Tsuho|, |1| |mon|
In 1636, the Tokugawa shogunate introduced Kanei Tsuho coins to standardize copper coins and maintain a sufficient coin supply. These coins, the first government minted copper coins in 700 years, became the daily currency used for small payments. Although the Kanei era ended in 1643, coins continued to bear the Kanei Tsuho legend for 230 years. By the 1650s, 16 private mints were opened across Japan. The shogunate outsourced the mintage to regional and local merchants who cast them at varying weights and sizes, as well as occasionally having local mint marks. Kanei Tsuho produced before 1668, referred to as "old Kanei" coins, are recognizable by their consistent calligraphic style. Kanei Tsuho coins produced after 1668, "new Kanei" coins, have more diverse calligraphic styles. From 1738 government authorized iron Kanei Tsuho 1 mon coins, and in 1866 iron 4 mon Kanei Tsuho were authorized.
JA87039. Copper 1 mon, Hartill EJC 4.1 - 4.219; SCWC KM 5 (1606), weight c. 2.8 g, maximum diameter c. 23 mm, c. 1636 - 1868; obverse kan ei tsu ho (universal treasure of Kwan Ei); reverse plain; many varieties in the lot, near VF or better, quality and patina varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $6.00 SALE |PRICE| $5.40 Out of Stock!

China, Western Han Dynasty, Emperor Wu Di, 141 - 87 B.C.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Han| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Wu| |Di,| |141| |-| |87| |B.C.|, |5| |zhu|
Emperor Wu of Han ruled for 54 years - a record not broken for over 1,800 years. As a military campaigner, he led Han China through its greatest territorial expansion. At its height, the Empire's borders spanned from modern Kyrgyzstan in the west, to Korea in the east, and to northern Vietnam in the south. He created a strong and centralized state, adopted the principles of Confucianism as the state philosophy and code of ethics, and started a school to teach administrators the Confucian classics. His reforms have influenced the culture of China and its neighbors even to today. His effective governance made the Han dynasty one of the most powerful nations in the world. Emperor Wu is considered one of the greatest Chinese emperors. Wu_Di
CH89421. Copper 5 zhu, Gratzer-Fishman Wu Zhu B1.33, Hartill 8.9, weight c. 2.8 g, maximum diameter c. 25.8 mm, 113/90 - 87 B.C.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu), hourglass Wu, outer rim, no inner rim; reverse plain, inner and outer rims; condition varies, mostly near Fine or Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $6.00 SALE |PRICE| $5.40 Out of Stock!

China, Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang's Interregnum, 7 - 23 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Xin| |Dynasty,| |Wang| |Mang's| |Interregnum,| |7| |-| |23| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
Minted during the lifetime of Jesus!

Wang Mang was a Han Dynasty official and consort kin who seized the throne from the Liu family and founded the Xin Dynasty, ruling 9-23 A.D. The Han dynasty was restored after his overthrow, and his rule marks the separation between the Western Han Dynasty (before Xin) and Eastern Han Dynasty (after Xin). Some historians have traditionally viewed Wang as a usurper, while others have portrayed him as a visionary and selfless social reformer. Though a learned Confucian scholar who sought to implement the harmonious society he saw in the classics, his efforts ended in chaos. In October 23 A.D., the capital Chang'an was attacked and the imperial palace ransacked. Wang Mang died in the battle. The Han dynasty was reestablished in 25 A.D. when Liu Xiu (Emperor Guangwu) took the throne.
CH89719. Bronze 5 zhu, cf. Hartill 9.32 ff., Gratzer-Fishman C5.46 (g) ff., 7 - 23 A.D.; obverse Huo Quan (wealth/money coin); reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $6.00 SALE |PRICE| $5.40 Out of Stock!

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

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1101| |-| |1126| |A.D.|, |cash|
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.Huizong
CH87038. Iron cash, Hartill 16.502, Schjoth -, Fisher -, weight c. 3.6 g, maximum diameter c. 25.5 mm, 1119 - 1125; obverse Xuan He Tong Bao, Slender Gold script; reverse plain; aF or better, quality varies, some with edge chips, some with thicker rust, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $5.00 SALE |PRICE| $4.50

China, Western Han Dynasty, 206 B.C. - 25 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Han| |Dynasty,| |206| |B.C.| |-| |25| |A.D.|, |4| |zhu|
The banliang, round with a square hole in the middle, was the first unified currency of China, introduced by the first emperor Qin Shi Huang around 210 B.C. Before that, a variety of coins were used in China, usually in the form of blades (knife money) or other implements, though round coins with square holes were used by the state of Zhou before it was extinguished by Qin in 249 B.C. Banliang coinage was part of a broader Qin standardization plan which also unified weights, measures and axle width. By the time this coin was issued, a full monetary economy had developed, with taxes, salaries and fines paid in coins. An average of 220 million coins were produced each year.
CH89423. Bronze 4 zhu, Hartill 7.16 - 7.17; Mitchiner ATEC 2 5156 (perhaps other varieties in the lot), Fine or better, some edge chips, corrosion and other flaws, weight c. 2.5 g, maximum diameter c. 23.5 mm, 175 - 119 B.C.; obverse Ban Liang, no rims; reverse plain, no rims; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $5.00 SALE |PRICE| $4.50 Out of Stock!

China, Warring States, Yan State, 476 - 221 B.C.

|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Yan| |State,| |476| |-| |221| |B.C.|, |1| |hua|
The history of Yan began in the Western Zhou in the early first millennium B.C. After the authority of the Zhou king declined in the 8th century B.C., Yan survived and became one of the strongest states in China. Its capital was Ji (now Beijing). During the Warring States period, the court was also moved to another capital at Xiadu at times. Despite the wars, Yan survived through the Warring States period. In 227 B.C., with Qin troops on the border after the collapse of Zhao, Crown Prince Dan sent an assassin to kill the king of Qin, hoping to end the threat. The mission failed. Surprised and enraged by such a bold act, the king of Qin determined to destroy Yan. The Yan army was crushed at the frozen Yi River, Ji fell the following year and King Xi fled to the Liaodong Peninsula. In 222 B.C., Liaodong fell and Yan was totally conquered by Qin. Yan was the third to last state to fall, and with its destruction the fates of the remaining two kingdoms were sealed. In 221 B.C., Qin conquered all of China, ending the Warring States period and founding the Qin dynasty. Yan experienced a brief period of independence after the collapse of the Qin dynasty in 207 B.C., but was eventually absorbed by the victorious Han.Yan State Map
CH87043. Bronze 1 hua, Hartill 6.17 - 6.19, Fisher 382 - 383, Schjoth 77, Zhongguo Qianbi DCD 608, weight c. 1.5 g, maximum diameter c. 19 mm, probably Ji (Beijing) mint, 300 - 222 B.C.; obverse Yi Hua (one hua); reverse plain or Ji (Beijing); worn, earthen encrustations, rough patina, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $4.50 SALE |PRICE| $4.05 Out of Stock!

Kingdom of Annam (Vietnam|), Later Le Dynasty, Le Thanh Tong, 1460 - 1497

|Vietnam|, |Kingdom| |of| |Annam| |(Vietnam|),| |Later| |Le| |Dynasty,| |Le| |Thanh| |Tong,| |1460| |-| |1497|, |cash|
Le Thanh Tong (1442-1497) was a prominent king, a reformist and a noted poet of Vietnam in the latter half of the 15th century. During his 38 year reign, one of the longest reigns of feudal Vietnam, he made great improvements, taking Vietnam into a period of prosperity.
EA12788. Bronze cash, Barker 35, Toda 57, VF or better, 1460 - 1470; obverse Quang thuan thong bao; reverse plain; one coin of the same type as the coins in the photo, random selection from coins in stock (all VF or better, but not the exact coins as the photo and quality varies a little), one coin; $4.00 SALE |PRICE| $3.60

Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen The To (Gia Long), 1 June 1802 - 3 February 1820

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |The| |To| |(Gia| |Long),| |1| |June| |1802| |-| |3| |February| |1820|, |Cash| |(1| |Phan)|
A nephew of the last Nguyen lord who ruled southern Vietnam, at age 15, Nguyen The To (also known as Nguyen Anh) was forced into hiding when his family was slain in the Tay Son revolt. After several changes of fortune in which his loyalists regained and again lost Saigon, he befriended the French Catholic priest Pigneau de Behaine. Pigneau recruited volunteers to help him take the throne. From 1789, he advanced north, defeating the Tay Son, reaching the Chinese border 1802, and reuniting all Vietnam, from China down to the Gulf of Siam, after centuries of feudal warfare. He took the regnal name Gia Long, moved the capital from Hanoi to Hue, and reinstated Confucian education and civil service. In return for French support, he tolerated Catholic missionaries, which was increasingly restricted under his successors. Using French expertise, he modernized Vietnam's military, gained dominance in Indochina, and made Cambodia into a vassal state.Gia Long
VN87482. Copper Cash (1 Phan), cf. Barker 99.3, Toda 213, SCWC KM 169, Schroeder 113, 1 Jun 1802 - 3 Feb 1820; obverse Gia Long Thong Bao; reverse blank; condition varies, mostly Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE |PRICE| $2.70

Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh To (Minh Mang), 14 February 1820 - 20 January 1841

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |To| |(Minh| |Mang),| |14| |February| |1820| |-| |20| |January| |1841|, |cash|
Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841. He was well known for his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam and his rigid Confucian orthodoxy. He banned missionaries from Vietnam and seven missionaries were sentenced to death.

During the reign of Minh Mang a substantial quantity of zinc coins were issued. They are of the same general style and calligraphy as the copper coins.
Minh Mang
VN87485. Bronze cash, small flan (6 phan); cf. Barker 101.10 ff., Toda 228, F or better, 14 Feb 1820 - 1822; obverse Minh Mang Thong Bao, open Minh and Bao; reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE |PRICE| $2.70




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