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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; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50


Dai Viet (Vietnam|), Unknown King or Rebel, c. 1600 - 1700

|Vietnam|, |Dai| |Viet| |(Vietnam|),| |Unknown| |King| |or| |Rebel,| |c.| |1600| |-| |1700|, |cash|
A number of cash coin types bearing the names of princes, of rebel chiefs, or of various mints have not been classified. Their Annamese origin is established, but no precise dates or other information. Many are from the Quang-nam Principality, the rulers of which were de facto kings and issued coins at various times. The names of these rulers are unknown. Some rebels who issued coins are otherwise entirely unrecorded by history.
VN83970. Bronze cash, Toda 264 (unclassified), Barker -, aVF, dark green patina, light dusting of chalky earthen deposit, weight 1.263 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, c. 1600 - 1700; obverse Thien Nguyen thong bao, regular script, nguyen in seal script; reverse blank; $18.00 SALE |PRICE| $16.20


China, Western Wei Dynasty, 535 - 557 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Wei| |Dynasty,| |535| |-| |557| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
Coins of this type were found in the tomb of Hou Yi of the Western Wei. The Western Wei followed the disintegration of the Northern Wei, and ruled northern China from 535 to 557. As with the Northern Wei state that preceded it, the ruling family were members of the Tuoba clan of the Xianbei. After the Xianbei general Yuwen Tai killed the Northern Wei emperor Yuan Xiu, he installed Yuan Baoju as emperor of Western Wei, but Yuwen Tai was the true ruler. Although smaller than the Eastern Wei in territory and population, Western Wei was able to withstand the attacks from the eastern empire. Due to its stronger economic condition, Western Wei was even able to conquer the whole western part of the Liang empire in the south and occupied the territory of modern Sichuan. In 557 Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu deposed Emperor Gong and placed Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue on the throne, ending Western Wei and establishing Northern Zhou.Western_Han
CH87314. Copper 5 zhu, Hartill 10.25, Schjoth 253, Fisher 651, aVF, green patina, encrustations, weight 1.660 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, 535 - 556 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu), crossing lines of wu straight, inner rim by wu; reverse plain; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 206 B.C. - 9 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Hahn| |Dynasty,| |206| |B.C.| |-| |9| |A.D.|, |cash|
Ban Liang means half a liang (Chinese ounce, 24 zhu). The weights and size were later reduced and the inscription was kept the same. Ban Liang were made in a large variety of sizes and weights. These coins are traditionally associated with Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Chinese emperor, who united China in 221 B.C. At the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty c. 200 B.C. the people were allowed to cast small light coins know as yu jia, "elm seed" coins, as the heavy Qin coins were inconvenient.Western_Han
CH89376. Copper cash, Hartill 7.10, Fisher 411, Schjoth 86; Yu jia "Elm seed" coin, F, blue-green patina, rough edges, earthen deposits and encrustations, weight 0.360 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, 200 - 180 B.C.; obverse Ban Liang (half ounce); reverse plain, no rims; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 206 B.C. - 9 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Hahn| |Dynasty,| |206| |B.C.| |-| |9| |A.D.|, |cash|
Ban Liang means half a liang (Chinese ounce, 24 zhu). The weights and size were later reduced and the inscription was kept the same. Ban Liang were made in a large variety of sizes and weights. These coins are traditionally associated with Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Chinese emperor, who united China in 221 B.C. At the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty c. 200 B.C. the people were allowed to cast small light coins know as yu jia, "elm seed" coins, as the heavy Qin coins were inconvenient.Western_Han
CH89378. Copper cash, Hartill 7.10, Fisher 411, Schjoth 86; Yu jia "Elm seed" coin, F, blue-green patina, ragged edges (as cast), weight 0.330 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, 200 - 180 B.C.; obverse Ban Liang (half ounce); reverse plain, no rims; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Southern Dynasties, c. 420 - 589 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Southern| |Dynasties,| |c.| |420| |-| |589| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
During the Southern Dynasties, 420 - 589 A.D., it was common for people to cut out the middle portion of a wu zhu coin thus making two coins from one. The outer ring portion of the coin is usually termed a "thread ring" wu zhu (yan huan wu zhu) while the inner portion is referred to as a "chiseled rim" wu zhu (zao bian wu zhu) or "cut rim" wu zhu (jian lun wu zhu).
CH91240. Copper 5 zhu, Yan Huan (fringe or thread ring) Wu Zhu; Hartill 10.27, Schjoth 304, Fisher 583, weight 1.960 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, c. 420 - 589 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu); reverse plain; $10.00 SALE |PRICE| $9.00


China, Southern Dynasties, c. 420 - 589 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Southern| |Dynasties,| |c.| |420| |-| |589| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
During the Southern Dynasties, 420 - 589 A.D., it was common for people to cut out the middle portion of a wu zhu coin thus making two coins from one. The outer ring portion of the coin is usually termed a "thread ring" wu zhu (yan huan wu zhu) while the inner portion is referred to as a "chiseled rim" wu zhu (zao bian wu zhu) or "cut rim" wu zhu (jian lun wu zhu).
CH91241. Copper 5 zhu, Yan Huan (fringe or thread ring) Wu Zhu; Hartill 10.27, Schjoth 304, Fisher 583, weight 1.572 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, c. 420 - 589 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu); reverse plain; $10.00 SALE |PRICE| $9.00


Dai Nam (Vietnam|), Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh Thai, 2 February 1889 3 September 1907

|Vietnam|, |Dai| |Nam| |(Vietnam|),| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |Thai,| |2| |February| |1889| || |3| |September| |1907|, |Cash| |(10| |Phan)|
At the age of ten, Nguyen Thanh Thai became the tenth Nguyen emperor after being taken from prison, along with his mother, by the a French. Thanh Thai was the first Vietnamese monarch to cut his hair in the French style and learn to drive a car. He encouraged French-style education, but maintained bitter feelings over their control of his country. He also supported numerous building projects and took an interest in the everyday lives of his subjects, holding "Town Hall meetings" where the Emperor sat on a mat with his subjects in a circle around him, discussing the issues of the day. When he realized his palace had been thoroughly infiltrated with French spies, he feigned insanity to escape constant scrutiny. Seen as a harmless lunatic, Thanh Thai was able to work for Vietnamese autonomy while waiting for the right time to throw off colonial rule. He was on his way to join a resistance movement in China when he was arrested by the French who declared him insane and exiled him to Halong Island in 1916. In 1945, he was allowed to return home but was kept under house arrest in Vung Tau. Thanh Thai died in Saigon on 24 March 1954.Thanh_Thai
VN84018. Bronze Cash (10 Phan), Barker 107.7, Toda a13, Yeoman 2, Novak 107, Lecompte 23, F, earthen encrustations, weight 3.384 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, 2 Feb 1889 - 3 Sep 1907; obverse Than Thai thong bao; reverse Van shi (a great number, ten) left and right; $8.00 SALE |PRICE| $7.20


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


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




  



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