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Schjöth 1441, Hartill Type 3.2 (QC) 25.8-9 and (CCC) 22.134, KM 336 var.
Kangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1682-1689, Yunnan Province (Yūn mint name), 2.72 g., 21.68 mm. (undersized for type)

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yūn (in Manchurian) to the left, yun (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 3 is comprised of coins in which a component of kang is written without the middle horizontal stroke protruding, and in which the lines in the middle of a component of yun is written like a cross. They have a nominal weight of 1.0 qian (= 3.73 grams), and a diameter under 26 mm. Subtype 3.2 has a small head of tong and yūn touching the rim.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 7 (QC) and 14 (CCC).
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