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Schjöth --, Hartill Type 2.2 (QC) 11.4-5 and (CCC) 22.104, KM --
Kangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1695 [?]-1703 [?], Guangdong Province, Guangzhou mint,3.33 g., 24.07 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Guwang (in Manchurian) to the left, guang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 2 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1 qian (= 3.73 grams) and a diameter under 26 mm. They are red copper.

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 (QC) and 15 (CCC).
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