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Schjöth 1428, Hartill 27.134 Type 1, KM 323
Kangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1671, Zhili province (Xuanhua mint), 28 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Siowan (in Manchurian) to the left, Xuan (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

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 8
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