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Schjöth 1430, Hartill 17.50 Type 1, KM 325
Kangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1668-1670, Jiangsu province (Suzhou mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Su (in Manchurian) to the left, su (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong, and 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 9
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